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The Nine Pound Hammer

This song is by The Brothers Four and appears on the album Rally 'Round! (1960) and on the album Greatest Hits (1962).

This song is a cover of "Nine Pound Hammer" by Merle Travis.
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The Nine Pound Hammer
This nine pound hammer
Is a little too heavy for my size
Buddy for my size

I'm going on the mountain
Gonna see my baby
And I ain't coming back
No, I ain't coming back

Roll on buddy
Don't you roll so slow
How can I roll
When the wheels won't go

Roll on buddy
Pull a load of coal
How can I pull
When the wheels won't roll

This nine pound hammer
Is a little too heavy for my size
Buddy for my size

I'm going on the mountain
Gonna see my baby
And I ain't coming back
No, I ain't coming back

Roll on buddy
Don't you roll so slow
How can I roll
When the wheels won't go

Roll on buddy
Pull a load of coal
How can I pull
When the wheels won't roll...

And when I'm long gone
You can make my tombstone
Out of number nine coal
Out of number nine coal

Roll on buddy
Don't you roll so slow
How can I roll
When the wheels won't go

Roll on buddy
Pull a load of coal
How can I pull
When the wheels won't roll

Now, when I'm long gone
You can make my tombstone
Out of number nine coal
Out of number nine coal...

Written by:

Merle Travis