John Henry Song Lyrics

Pete Seeger


publisher: ©T.R.O. INC. , Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: J Baird, Pd Traditional
album: Track 15 in album Folk Songs for Young People
release date: 1959
popularity : 55 users have visited this page.
genres: Children's Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk
length: 4:31

Album Information

country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Pete Seeger Folk Songs for Young People cover art


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John Henry was about three days old,
Sittin' on his papa's knee.
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel;
Said, "Hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord.
Hammer's gonna be the death of me."
The captain said to John Henry
"Gonna bring that steam drill 'round.
Gonna bring that steam drill out on the job.
Gonna whop that steel on down. Down,
Whop that steel on down."
John Henry told his captain,
"A man ain't nothin' but a man,
But before I let your steam drill beat me


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Skip to My Lou
  • 2 Blow the Man Down
  • 3 Weave-Room Blues
  • 4 The Farmer Is the Man
  • 5 Wood-Chopping Song
  • 6 Four Pence a Day
  • 7 Vignid a Fremd Kind
  • 8 Way Down Yonder in the Cornfield
  • 9 Pepsi-Cola
  • 10 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  • 11 Joshua Fought the Battle of Jerico
  • 12 Oh Worrycare
  • 13 On Top of Old Smokey
  • 14 Goodnight, Irene
  • 15 John Henry
  • 16 Dayenu
  • 17 It Could Be a Wonderful World