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John Henry was a little boy, sat on his father's knee
Picked up a hammer and a piece of steel
All be the death of me, all the death of me

Hohn Henry went up on the mountain, and down on the other side
Mountain was tall John Henry was small
Put down his hammer and he cried put down his hammer and he cried

When they bought that new steam train was looking so fine
John Henry made fourteen feet and steam train only made nine
Steam train only made nine

John Henry said to his captain I ain't nothing but a man
Before I let that steam train beat me down
I'll die with my hammer in my hand die with my hammer in my hand

John Henry got sick and he had to go home
This is what he said Fix me a place I wanna lay down
Got a lot rolling in my head a lot rolling in my head

John Henry had a little woman, her name was Polly Anne
John Henry got sick and had to go home
And Polly drove steel like a man, Polly drove steel like a man

Where did you get them shoes you wear
Your drees's look so fine got my shoes from a railroad man
Best steel driver on the line, best former driver on the line

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