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Thread #155531   Message #3659204
Posted By: GUEST,NDay
11-Sep-14 - 12:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: John Henry (from Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: Lyr Req: Van Ronk - John Henry
Hi everyone,

I've found a lot of lyrics I've been searching for here in the past, but have had no luck with this particular one. I've been listening to this song for years now, and have yet to figure out what the lyrics are. I'd like to share it with a class I'm teaching, and it would be helpful to have the lyrics.

I'm specifically looking for the Van Ronk lyrics.

I know it starts

"John Henry was a little baby,
sitting down on his mammy's knee,"

But then, what? "But that big Bill Turtle gone seein' on me?" Completely unintelligible as far as I can tell. Anyone have complete lyrics for this version, released on Ballads, Blues, & a Spiritual?