Bruce SpringsteenJohn Henry

When John Henry was a little baby Sittin' on his daddy's knee Said the big Ben Tuttle of the C &O Road, "The hammer's gonna be the death of thee, lord, lord The hammer's gonna be the death of thee" John Henry said to his captain, "A man ain't nothing' but a man Before I let this steam drill beat me down I'll die with a hammer in my hand, lord, lord, I'll die with a hammer in my hand" Well, the man who invented the steam drill Thought he was mighty fine But John Henry drove about fifteen feet And the steam drill only made nine, lord, lord, The steam drill only made nine John Henry said to his preacher, "Man, why don't you pray, 'cause if I miss with this nine pound hammer Tomorrow be my buryin' day lord, lord, Tomorrow be my buryin' day John Henry swung the hammer over his head He brought the hammer down to the ground A man in Chantanooga two hundred miles away Said, "Listen to the rumblin' sound, lord, lord, Listen to that rumblin' sound" They took John Henry to the graveyard, Buried him in the hot sand Now every locomotive comes rollin' by says, "There lies a steel-drivin' man, lord, lord, There lies a steel drivin' man!"
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