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American Ballads and Folk Songs_______
John Henry was hammerin' on de mountain,
An* his hammer was strikin' fire,
He drove so hard till he broke his pore heart,
An' he lied down his hammer an' he died,
Lawd, Lawd, he lied down his hammer an' he died.
All de womens in de Wes',
When dey heared of John Henry's death,
Stood in de rain, flagged de eas'-boun' train,
Goin' where John Henry fell dead,
Lawd, Lawd, goin' where John Henry fell dead.
John Henry's lil mother,
She was all dressed in red,
She jumped in bed, covered up her head,
Said she didn' know her son was dead,
Lawd, Lawd, didn' know her son was dead.
John Henry had a pretty lil woman,
An' de dress she wo' was blue,
An' de las' words she said to him:
"John Henry, I've been true to you,
Lawd, Lawd, John Henry, I've been true to you."
"Oh, who's gonna shoe yo' lil feetses,
An' who's gonna glub yo' han's,
An' who's gonna kiss yo* rosy, rosy lips,
An' who's gonna be yo* man,
Lawd, Lawd, an' who's gonna be yo' man?"
"Oh, my mama's gonna shoe my HI feetses, An' my papa's gonna glub my lil han's, An' my sister's gonna kiss my rosy, rosy lips, An' I don' need no man, Lawd, Lawd, an' I don' need no man,"

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