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John Henry
8. John Henry, he took sick and died And they buried him in the sand. And they wrote down at John Henry's head: "Here lies my steel drivin' man, Here lies my steel drivin' man."
9." John Henry had a little woman And the dress she wore was red.
And she went down the track and she never looked back: "I'm goin' where John Henry fell dead, I'm goin' where John Henry fell dead."
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i. John Henry was a water boy, A-settin' on his papa's knee, The steam drill on the right side, John Henry on the left, The Big Ben Tunnel on the C. C. and O. He laid down his hammer and he died.
2. John Henry had a little woman And the dress she wore was red.
She went down the track and she never looked back: "I'm going where my man fell dead, I'm going where my man fell dead."
3. "Who's gonna buy the shoes you wear And the dress you wear so fine ?"
Says, "I got my shoes from a railroad man; And my dress from a man in the mines, And my dress from a man in the mines."
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i. John Henry said before he would let Steam drill beat him,
He would die with the hammer in his hand, He would die with the hammer in his hand.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III