John Henry (traditional)

Black as Coal, Salvatore Amara & the Easy Blues Band, 2018

When john henry was a little babe               

Sitting on his daddy’s knee,

Holding in his fingers

A little piece of steel                 

He says: steel goin’ to be the death of me

Steel goin’ to be the death of me                           

Steel going to be the death of me, oh lord

Steel goin’ to be the death of me

                                               

John henry told to his captain, one day

Man ain't nothing but a man

Before i'd let

Your steam drill beat me down          

I’ll die with this hammer in my hand

I’ll die with this hammer in my hand

I’ll die with this hammer in my hand, oh lord

I’ll die with this hammer in my hand

 

 

John henry driving on the right-hand side,            

Steam drill driving on the left

Before i'd let

Your steam drill bet me down            

I'd drive my pole since to death

I'd drive my pole since to death

I'd drive my pole since to death, oh lord

I'd drive my pole since to death

 

John henry had a little woman                               

Her name was polly ann

John henry got sick,

And was laid up in bed

You know polly drow steel like a man

Polly drow steel like a man                          

Polly drow steel like a man, oh lord

Polly drow steel like a man

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