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​John Henry

This song is by Carl Martin and appears on the compilation album Crow Jane Blues (1997).

John Henry was a little man
Settin' on his Papa's knee, and said
"Drivin' steel on this B & O road
Gonna cause the death of me
It's gonna cause the death of me"

John Henry said to his captain
"A man ain't nothin' but a man
And before I'll be governed by this steel drill there
I will die with my hammer in my hand
I'm gonna die with this hammer in my hand"

John Henry told his steel shaker
"Shaker you had better pray
Because if I miss this eagle steel
Lord, tomorrow be your buryin' day
Lord, tomorrow'll be your buryin' day
Yes, tomorrow be your bury, buryin' day, go buddy
Tomorrow be your buryin' day