John Henry

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 : 5 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,
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel;
Hammer's gonna be the death of me."
"Gonna bring that steam drill 'round.
Gonna whop that steel on down. Down,
Whop that steel on down."
"A man ain't nothin' but a man,
John Henry said to his shaker,
I'm throwin' thirty pounds from my hips on
Just listen to that cold steel ring. Lord, Lord.
The man that invented the stream drill
But John Henry made fifteen feet;
The steam drill only made nine.
His hammer was striking fire.
John Henry had a little woman.
John Henry took sick and went to his bed.
John Henry had a little baby.
"My daddy was steel-driving man. Lord,
My daddy was a steel-driving."
When the bluebirds begin to sing.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring.


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