The Wreck of the John B
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


We came on the sloop "John B"
My grandfather and me
'Round Nassau town we did roam
Stayed awake all night
We got into a fight
Well, I feel so broke up
I just want to go home

Hoist up the "John B" sail
See how the mainsail sets
Tell the captain ashore
I wanna go home
Well, I wanna go home
I wanna go home
Lord, I feel so broke up
I just wanna go home

Well, the first mate he got drunk
And he broke into somebody's trunk
And the Sheriff had to come and take him away
Sheriff John Slone
Please let me alone
Well, I fell so broken up
I just wanna go home

Hoist up the "John B" sail
See how the mainsail sets
Tell the captain ashore
I wanna go home
Lord, I wanna go home
I just wanna go home
Well, I feel so broken up
I just wanna go home

Hoist up the "John B" sail
See how the mainsail sets
Tell the captain ashore
I wanna go home
Well, I wanna go home
I wanna go home
Lord, I feel so broken up
I just wanna go home
Well, I feel so broken up
I wanna go home

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Thomas Natera

This is the best version ever. Jimmy Rodgers has a great voice.

3viño1

this is the version I was looking for. This is the one I remember as a teenager.

dabprod

+3vino1.......Yep, I've been all over youtube looking for the one I remember when I was 16 in Hi School in 1960. I remember it so well.

Randall M.

Rodger's vocal backed by a palm muted lead and a humming rhythm guitar make this version one of the best arranged renditions ever recorded.

I live in Toronto and this song was number one in Sept 1960. It was in the Canadian top 50 for 14 weeks. In the US it only hit #64 and then fell off altogether. I could never figure that out. A year later “English Country Garden” hit #6 in Canada. There was no evidence it was ever released as a single in the US.

kmslegal

RIP Jimmie Rodgers. We will miss you

kmslegal

Great version of this folk song

Trever Parish

Went to a thrift store with my grandfather 10 years ago when I was 16 and bought this gem of an album along with Marty Robbins and my grandpa's personal favorite, Eddy Arnold. Thanks for the memories and good music, gramps!

jayjay nella

My deceased parents. Mom liked Eddy Arnold and Dad loved Marty Robbins.

kmslegal

I think about my grandfather everyday and I'm 62

ronthesledge

I've always loved the unique purity of his voice. When I first got started my now long defunct ride share career here in Nashville one of my first pick ups turned out to be Jimmie Rodgers daughter.

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