Well, John Henry was a little baby
Sittin' on his daddy's knee
He pick up a hammer and a little piece of steel
And: God, hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord
Hammer's gonna be the death of me

Now the captain he said to John Henry
I'm gonna bring that steam drill 'round
I'm gonna bring that steam drill out on these tracks
I'm gonna knock that steel on down
Gonna knock that steel on down

John Henry told his captain
Lord, man ain't nothin' but a man
Before I let that steam drill beat me down
I'm gonna die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord
Die with a hammer in my hand

John Henry driving on the right side
That steam drill driving on the left
Says: Before I'll let your steam drill beat me down
I'm gonna hammer myself to death, Lord, Lord
I'll hammer my fool self to death

Well, captain said to John Henry
What is that stone out here?
John Henry said: That ain't no stone
Captain, that's just my hammer in here, Lord, Lord
That's just my hammer in here

John Henry said to his shaker
Shaker, why don't you sing?
'Cause I'm swigin' thirty pounds from my hips on down
Yeah, listen to my cold steel ring, Lord, Lord
Listen to my cold steel ring

Now John Henry, he hammered in the mountains
His hammer was striking fire
But he worked so hard, he broke his heart
John Henry laid his hammer and died, Lord, Lord
John Henry laid down his hammer and died

Well, now John Henry, he had him a woman
Her name was Polly Ann
She walked down to those tracks, picked up John Henry's hammer
Polly drove steel like a man, Lord, Lord
Polly drove that steel like a man

Well every, every Monday morning
When the bluebird he begin to sing
You can hear John Henry from a mile or more
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring
So you can hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring

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