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mp3 download of “John Henry” from the Lost and Found – The 1964 New York Sessions CD.

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Lyrics
Now John Henry he could hammer (Bass thump)
He could whistle he could sing
He went to the mountain early in the mornin’
Well just to hear his hammer ring
Lord, Lord, hear his hammer ring

When John Henry was a little baby
Sittin’ on his Pappy’s knee
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel
Said this hammer’s gonna be the death of me
Lord, Lord, this hammer’s gonna be the death of me

Well John Henry said to his shaker
Well, shaker, why don’t you sing
I’m gonna whoop that steel right down in the ground
Now listen to my hammer ring
Lord, Lord, listen to my hammer ring

Now John Henry had him a banjo
And he played that thing by ear
Well he played it by day and by night, by God
But he played it loud and clear
Lord, Lord, he played it loud and clear

(Shouted – Play it Johnny – then Banjo instrumental)

Well John Henry drove into the mountain
And his hammer was strikin’ fire
Well he drove so hard he broke his poor heart
And he lay down his hammer and he died
Lord, Lord, lay down his hammer and he died
Lay down his hammer and he died
Lord, Lord, lay down his hammer and he died

Well they took John Henry to the White House
And they buried him deep in the sand
Every locomotive come a roarin’ through
Says there lies a steel drivin’ man
Lord, Lord, there lies a steel drivin’ man
There lies a steel drivin’ man
Lord, Lord, there lies a steel….drivin’ man……

Traditional; additional lyrics ©Jerre R. Haskew, FieryGizzardMusic, BMI
Arrangement, The Cumberland Trio

Tom Kilpatrick: 1st, 2nd, & 6th Solo & Tenor Vocals, Guitar
Jerre Haskew: 3rd, 4th & 5th Solo & Lead Vocals, Guitar
Andy Garverick: Baritone Vocals, Banjo
Jim Shuptrine: Upright Bass

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