John Henry's Hammer

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

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

When John Henry was a little bitty boy
A sitting on his pappy’s knee
Well, he took a hammer and a little piece of steel
He said a hammer’ll be the death of me
Lord, Lord, hammer’ll be the death of me

Well John Henry’s family needed money
And he said he didn’t have, but a dime
If you wait until the rising sun goes down
Lord, I’ll get it from the men in the mine
Lord, Lord, get it from the men in the mine

Well, John Henry went to the captain
And the captain he said, boy, what can you do
He said I hoist a jack and I can lay a track
I can pick and shovel too
Lord, Lord, pick and shovel too

Well, that captain said to John Henry
Want to bring me a steam drill around
I’m going to bring me a steam drill around on the job
Going to whip that down steel on down
Lord, Lord, whip that down steel on down

Well, John Henry said to the captain
He said a man ain’t nothing, but a man
Before I’d let your steam drill get me down
Lord, I’ll die with this hammer in my hand
Lord, Lord, die with this hammer in my hand

Well, John Henry hammered in the mountains
Until his hammer caught on fire
Well, he hammered so hard
That he broke his poor heart
And then he laid down his hammer and he died
Oh, he laid down his hammer and he died

Well, they carried John Henry to the white house
And they buried him there in the sand
Every time that steam locomotive passes by
It says there lies a steel driving man
Lord, Lord, there lies a steel driving man

There lies a steel driving man
Lord, Lord, there lies a steel driving man

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