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Thread #9559   Message #62038
Posted By: Terry
09-Mar-99 - 01:40 AM
Thread Name: What did John Henry mean?
Subject: What did John Henry mean?
Anyone know what John Henry was talking about in this verse?

John Henry tol' his shaker, Shaker, you better pray, For if I miss dis six-foot steel, Tomorrow'll be yo' buryin' day, Lawd, Lawd, tomorrow'll be yo' buryin' day."

What's a shaker and what happens if J.H. misses?