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Thread #61362   Message #986483
Posted By: masato sakurai
19-Jul-03 - 07:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Little John Henry (from Lomax, McCurdy)
Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE JOHN HENRY
LITTLE JOHN HENRY

1 It was early one mornin'
    An' it looked like rain,
    Way roun' that curve, Lord,
    I spied a gravel train.
    CHORUS:
    O my little John Henry,
    Gadamighty knows. (2)

2 Now where'd you get your learnin'?
    Please tell it to me.
    On the Gulf and Colorado,*
    Partner, and the Santa Fe.* (CHO.)

3 Now when you get a section,
    Lemme be your straw,**
    And when you get a daughter,
    Lemme be your son-in-law. (CHO.)

4 I got a woman in Dallas
    Work in the Baker Hotel.
    Some call her Maggie,
    Her name Katie Belle. (CHO.)

   *two western railroads
   **strawboss, or assistant

SOURCE: Alan Lomax, The Folk Songs of North America (Doubleday, 1960, pp. 562-4; with music)

MY LI'L JOHN HENRY

"Oh, where'd you git yo' learnin'? Please tell it to me."
"On de Gulf of Colorado, an' de Santa Fe."

    Oh, my little John Henry, Godamighty know,
    Oh, my little John Henry, Godamighty know.

SOURCE: John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax, American Ballads and Folk Songs (Macmillan, 1934, 1967, pp. 198-9; with music)