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John Henry, he could hammer,
He could whistle, he could sing.
He went to the mountain early in the mornin'
Just to hear his hammer ring, Lord, Lord.
Hear his hammer ring.
Just to hear his hammer ring, Lord, Lord.
Hear his hammer ring.

When John Henry was a little baby,
Sittin' on his daddy's knee,
He picked up a hammer, a little piece of steel.
Said: "Hammer be the death over me, Lord, Lord,
Hammer be the death over me."

Well, John Henry's fam'ly needed money,
Said he didn't have but a dime.
"If you wait 'til the risin' sun goes down,
I'll get it from the man in the mine, Lord, Lord,
Get it from the man in the mine.
I'll get it from the man in the mine, Lord, Lord,
Get it from the man in the mine."

Well, John Henry went to the Captain.
"Hmm. What happened?"
Said the captain, "What can you do?"
"I can hoist a jack, I can lay a track,
I can pick and shovel too, Lord, Lord,
Pick and shovel too.
I can pick and shovel too, Lord, Lord,
Pick and shovel too."

Well, the captain said to John Henry:
"I'm gonna bring me a steam drill around.
Gonna bring me a steam drill hot on the job,
Gonna whup that steel on down, Lord, Lord,
Whup that steel on down."

But John Henry said to the captain,
"Oh, a man ain't nothin' but a man.
'Fore I'd let your steam drill beat me down,
I'll die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord,
Die with a hammer in my hand."

"Shaker why don't you sing,
'Cos I'm throwin' twelve pounds from my hips on down,
Just listen to that cold steel ring, Lord, Lord,
Listen to that cold steel ring."

Well, the Captain says to John Henry,
"I believe this mountain's cavin' in."
But John Henry said to the Captain,
"'Tain't nothin' but my hammer suckin' wind, Lord, Lord,
Nothin' but my hammer suckin' wind."

The man that invented the steamdrill,
Thought he was mighty fine.
But when John Henry made his fifteen feet,
the steamdrill only made nine, hoo-eee,
The steamdrill only made nine.

Well, John Henry said to the captain,
"Looka yonder what I see,
Hole done choke, drill done broke,
And you can't drive steel like me, Lord, Lord,
Can't drive steel like me.
Oh, you can't drive steel like me, no no
Can't drive steel like me."

Well, John Henry drove into the mountain,
His hammer was strikin' fire!
He drove so hard... he broke his poor heart,
And he laid down his hammer and he died, Lord, Lord,
Laid down his hammer and he died.
Laid down his hammer and he died, Great God!
Laid down his hammer and he died.

Oh they took John Henry to the White House
And they buried him in the sand.
Every locomotive come roarin' by
Says "There lies a steel drivin' man, Lord, Lord,
There lies a steel drivin' man."
Says "There lies a steel drivin' man, hoo-eee,
There lies a steel drivin' man!"

John Henry sung by Harry Belafonte

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