The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #43251 Message #630991
Posted By: Bert
19-Jan-02 - 02:00 AM
Thread Name: Why did John Henry hammer till he died?
Subject: RE: Why did John Henry hammer till he died?
Back in the late Fifties, a guy named Terry Golden ran a series of articles on American Folksongs in the "Sets in Order" square dance magazine.
He did some research on each of the songs and his research on John Henry suggested that he didn't die during the contest but, after beating the steam hammer (Which kept jamming) retired and leved to a good old age.
But that doesn't make much of a song either.