John Henry
Hugh Laurie Lyrics


John Henry was about three days old,
Sittin' on his papa's knee.
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel;
Said, "Hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord.
Hammer's gonna be the death of me."
The captain said to John Henry
"Gonna bring that steam drill 'round.
Gonna bring that steam drill out on the job.
Gonna whop that steel on down. Down,
Down.
Whop that steel on down."
John Henry told his captain,
"A man ain't nothin' but a man,
But before I let your steam drill beat me
Down,
I'd die with a hammer in my hand. Lord,
Lord.
I'd dies with a hammer in my hand."
John Henry said to his shaker,
"Shaker, why don't you sing?
I'm throwin' thirty pounds from my hips on
Down.
Just listen to that cold steel ring. Lord, Lord.
Listen to that cold steel ring."
The man that invented the stream drill
Thought he was mighty fine,
But John Henry made fifteen feet;
The steam drill only made nine. Lord, Lord.
The steam drill only made nine.
John Henry hammered in the mountain
His hammer was striking fire.
But he worked so hard, he broke his poor
Heart.
He laid down his hammer and he died. Lord,
Lord.
He laid down his hammer and he died.
John Henry had a little woman.
Her name was Polly Ann.
John Henry took sick and went to his bed.
Polly Ann drove steel like a man. Lord,
Lord.
Polly Ann drove steel like a man.
John Henry had a little baby.
You could hold him in the palm of your
Hand.
The last words I heard that poor boy say,
"My daddy was steel-driving man. Lord,
Lord.
My daddy was a steel-driving."
Well, every Monday morning
When the bluebirds begin to sing.
You can hear John Henry a mile or more.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.
Lord, Lord.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: WILLIAM LEE CONLEY BROONZY

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Emilaremi

John Henry had a little woman
And the dress she wore was red
She walked down the track,
She never looked back

I'm going where John Henry fell dead
I'm going where John Henry fell dead

John Henry had another woman
And her name was Polly Anne
John Henry was taken sick
And he had to go to bed

Polly Anne drove steel like a man
Polly Anne drove steel like a man

John Henry told his little woman
Honey fix my supper soon
I got ninety-nine miles
Of track I wanna line back

I'm gonna line 'em by the light of the moon
I'm gonna line 'em by the light of the moon

John Henry said to his captain
You know a man ain't nothin' but a man
I'm bettin' right now you wont beat me down

I'm gonna die with my hammer in my hand
I'm gonna die with my hammer in my hand

John Henry hammered in the mountain
Until his hammer caught on fire
The last word's I heard that the poor boy said

Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die



All comments from YouTube:

Emilaremi

John Henry had a little woman
And the dress she wore was red
She walked down the track,
She never looked back

I'm going where John Henry fell dead
I'm going where John Henry fell dead

John Henry had another woman
And her name was Polly Anne
John Henry was taken sick
And he had to go to bed

Polly Anne drove steel like a man
Polly Anne drove steel like a man

John Henry told his little woman
Honey fix my supper soon
I got ninety-nine miles
Of track I wanna line back

I'm gonna line 'em by the light of the moon
I'm gonna line 'em by the light of the moon

John Henry said to his captain
You know a man ain't nothin' but a man
I'm bettin' right now you wont beat me down

I'm gonna die with my hammer in my hand
I'm gonna die with my hammer in my hand

John Henry hammered in the mountain
Until his hammer caught on fire
The last word's I heard that the poor boy said

Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die
Give me a cool drink of water before I die

CoolioChicken

Man oh Man, do I love this song. I can't stop listening to it! I have the CD and I still went out of my way to listen to it here on Youtube! I am obsessed, and proud to be so.

Shine Shines

love this... Hugh Laurie is a very talented musicans. He did a documentary, Chasing the Bllues I believe was the name of it. He was in Luchenbach Tx in a pickin' cirlcle. He plays a guitar as well as he plays piano.

Karla nicol

lo amo 😍

John Henry

Somebody I never meant or knew told me too listen to this today I have know idea why? I
Love it though

Artur Zap

rewelacja na mily wieczor

Sophie Morin

It was even better live :D

Howesenberg Films

Who else feels like dressing smartly just to sit in dive bar with a glass of whiskey?

Brett Kelley

Music like this demands drinking by the bottle.

matheus oliveira

The of the doc about the history of jazz , blues and soul and music is called : Hugh Laurie: Dawn by the River , with Hugh like the principal presenter ! I recommend that to all of y'all's, is a very nice documentary !
Ps: Sorry for my English, I'm Brazilian ! Have enjoy the show!

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