Big Bad John and Other Fabulous Songs and Tales Album

Artist(s): Jimmy Dean

Tracklist

Big Bad John

length: 3:02
composer: Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
lyricist: Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

(Big John, Big John)
Every mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive
He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip to Big John.
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, you just said "Hi" to Big John.

Somebody said he came from New Orleans
Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand
Sent a Louisiana fellow to the Promised Land-Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last-'cept John

Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan
And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone-Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
Then a miner yelled out "There's a light up above!"
And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave
Now there's only one left down there to save-Big John

With jacks and timbers they started back down
Then came that rumble way down in the ground
And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine
Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Now they never reopened that worthless pit
They just placed a marble stand in front of it
These few words are written on that stand
At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man.

Big John

(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)


Thanks to Anonymous for the correction

Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette

length: 2:48

Sixteen Tons

length: 2:43
Some people say a man is made outta mud.
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood.
Muscle and blood, skin and bones;
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong.

You load sixteen tons an' what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Well, I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine.
I picked up a shovel, an' I walked out to the mine.
I loaded sixteen tons of Number 9 coal,
An' the store boss said: "Well, bless my soul."

You load sixteen tons an' what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Well, I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain.
Fightin' an' trouble was my middle name.
I was raised in the canebreak by an old mama lion,
Can't no high-toned woman makes me walk the line.

You load sixteen tons an' what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Well, if you see me comin', better step aside.
A lot of men didn't, an' a lotta men died.
One fist of iron, the other of steel.
If the right one don't get you, then the left one will.

You load sixteen tons an' what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go:
I owe my soul to the company store.

Make the Waterwheel Roll

Bossman bossman my hands're cold (shut up boy and make the waterwheel roll)
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll
Grind that corn and make that meal the bossman's belly just gotta be filled
Grind that corn and make that bread the bossman's young un's all gotta be fed
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll
Bossman bossman he sure is mean thinks of my body as a steam machine
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll

Ole Willie John don't work too hard cause he's got a woman in the rich man's yard
I wanna run away but I'd be found cause the bossman's got two big blood hounds
Make the waterwheel roll...

Feel that rhythm in my soul sing my song while the waterwheel rolls
Workin' all day in the cold cold rain I wish my Lord would call my name
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll
Make the waterwheel roll make the waterwheel roll



Gotta Travel On

Well, my pretty baby just left me this mornin' Said she didn't wanna see me no more Told me not to call her on the telephone And never come a-knockin' on her door Well, I fumed and I fussed, and I might have cried a little My head went a-spinnin' around But with a little bit of luck, and my little black book I'll have another'n before the sun goes down What my baby didn't know was the same thing happened Not once, but a half a dozen times And she didn't realize that with a telephone call I'd have another fickle chicken on the line But every time I leave I do my best to play the part Of the lovesick, heartbroke clown But with a little bit of luck, and my little black book I'll have another'n before the sun goes down Now I haven't got a thing against a pretty little woman Like her walk and her talk and her smile I've been likin' pretty girls since I found they wasn't boys And let me tell ya buddy, that's been quite a while I like the huggin' and the squeezin' and the kissin' and the teasin' But don't you let 'em push me around 'Cause with a little bit of luck, and my little black book I'll have another'n before the sun goes down Now that little girl's out a-tellin' everybody How she made a big fool out of me But while I'm out tonight a-rompin' and a-stompin' She'll be watchin' Dr. Casey on TV So girls, let me tell ya, better do a little thinkin' 'Fore you tell your lovin' man to leave town 'Cause with a little bit of luck, and a little black book He'll get another'n before the sun goes down 'Cause with a little bit of luck, and a little black book He'll get another'n before the sun goes down

Oklahoma Bill

The General just gave me a medal oh I'm a sight for mom to see
But when the news gets round that I ain't got ole Bill
Some kids gonna think a whole lot less of me
You see she gave me that puppy and said he'd protect me through the night

And if I got hurt he'd go for help or he'd back me up in a fight
He growed all the while I was trainin' forget him I never will
'Cause you'd never see me with right at my heels was Oklahoma Bill
We hit a long ridge one sunup and it seemed like death held all the cards

'Cause we payed and payed with lives of men for every hard fought yard
When finally we drove up to the top there wasn't nothin' but death behind
And as we all dug in we all thanked God though we numbered only nine
And as the snipers switched their guns as darkness closed that hill

My soul companion in the night was Oklahoma Bill
There's no glory in a battle once you've seen its awful cost
But there's glory in the knowledge that your flag is never lost
And yet in the stillness of the nightime and all alone you hold a post

You start cryin' like a baby sittin' there with all the ghosts
You feel your buddies are pattin' your back though their guns're silent and still
It's only a dog tryin' to love you my Oklahoma Bill
I gave my note to the Colonel and I bound a shattered leg

And I said Bill we're sure in trouble he never whimpered or begged
I could tell he hated to leave me I was the only God he ever knew
But quick as a flash he took of through the night like a fightin' marine would do
I kept firin' till help finally came it was him though that saved that hill

A dyin' dog had got through the lines my Oklahoma Bill
That little ol' kid will always wonder what happened to her dog
But she'll find out on Judgement Day when she sees the big Skipper's log
We'll all walk in and bugles'll blow and we'll stand our last revue

And men who've died for men on earth will get their heavenly dues
And if all brave hearts are there that day I'll get my greatest thrill
When I hang this medal around the neck of Oklahoma Bill

Night Train to Memphis

Take that night train to Memphis take that night train to Memphis
And when you arrive at the station
I'll be right there to meet you gonna be right there to greed you
So don't turn down my invitation

Hallelujah hallelujah I'll be shoutin' hallelujah all the day
There'll gonna be a jubilee down in Memphis Tennessee
And we'll shout hallelujah all the way
Take that night train to Memphis take that night train to Memphis

You know how I'm longing to see you
Leave that 3-50-7 and arrive at eleven and then I'll be shoutin' hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah...

Night train to Memphis take that night train to Memphis oh yeah
Keep that engine stack a smokin' I'm not a kiddin' I'm not a jokin'
I'll soon be with my gal I'm hopin'

Hallelujah hallelujah...
I'm gonna shout hallelujah all the way I'm gonna shout hallelujah all the way

Grasshopper Macclain

Me and that navy ain't speakin' at sailin' I tell you I'm through
On the advice of a doc I got me a shock I had to have somethin' to do
These nerves I got are from soakin' too long when the ship got hit by a plane
And right here about four years back I met Grasshopper MacClain
The sun was a burnin' and the desert red hot when his mother drove in with a flat
She went inside to cool off with a beer and I saw her kid in the back
He lay on the seat in the swelterin' heat with hair the color of flame
A red headed mite but smilin' and bright was little ol' Grasshopper MacClain
I fixed her tyre and was totin' him round when she asked me how much she owed
I just laughed and said boy I settle for him
And to my surprice she drove off down the road
I figured she'd sober and come hurryin' back but for three long years she never came
And all that time I was mother and dad to little ol' Grasshopper MacClain
I'd tell him of ships I'd sailed on the seas when I put him in bed at night
And that freckle faced kid was as sharp as a tack and quick as a mate for a fight
I thought I'd wait till he growed a bit and let him pick out his own name
One day he came in with a bug in his hand and he said me Grasshopper MacClain
Oh he'd mimic my walk and he'd mimic my talk
Like my shadow he just tagged me around
Even had to be checked every time I was checked by the navy doc over the town
The doc'd laugh and thump his little ole chest and say feller you're right as rain
Then he'd turn to me and tell me that I'd be a new man
Thanks to Grasshopper MacClain
I guess you wonder why I'm tellin' you this well that's why I'm here doin' time
For a bang and a sheriff and a red headed dame that came to take what was mine
Oh but you should've seen the way he fought you could tell that kid was navy trained
But this lonely cell wouldn't be so much like hell if I only had Grasshopper MacClain

I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake (But I'll Go Chasin' Wimmin)

length: 2:52
Oh, it's springtime in the mountains and I'm full of mountain dew
Can't even read my catalog like I used to do
I'm a sittin' in that little shed that's right back off the house
Here comes ol' Jake with all the hounds but he's gonna hear me shout.

I won't go huntin' with you Jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'
So put them hounds back in the pen and quit your silly grinnin'
Well, the moon is bright and I'm half tight my life is just beginnin'
I won't go huntin' with you jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'.

Let's go down to the meetin' house and wait till they start home
Them gals that live on Possum Creek will always leave alone
We'll run 'em down the corn row them sassy little misses
We'll scare them pretty gals to death we'll stop and blow 'em kisses.

Well, I won't go huntin' with you Jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'
So put them hounds back in the pen and quit your silly grinnin'
Well, the moon is bright and I'm half tight my life is just beginnin'
I won't go huntin' with you jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'.

--- Instrumental ---

Now wash your face and comb your hair cause it's darn near time to start
But let me tell you fore you go there's no one that's got my heart
Don't chase that gal with the yellow hair and wearin' dress of green
Well that little gal belongs to me I know she's past sixteen.

Oh. I won't go huntin' with you Jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'
So put them hounds back in the pen and quit your silly grinnin'
Well, the moon is bright and I'm half tight my life is just beginnin'
I won't go huntin' with you jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'.

Now I was headin' for the general store when a silly thing I've seen
They make 'em in the city it's called a magazine
I turned to page 32 and look at what I found
Them gals wear clothes that we ain't seen beneath them gigham gowns

Oh, I won't go huntin' with you Jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'
So put them hounds back in the pen and quit your silly grinnin'
Well, the moon is bright and I'm half tight my life is just beginnin'
I won't go huntin' with you jake but I'll go chasin' wimmin'...

To a Sleeping Beauty

length: 5:14
Dear daughter, I tiptoed in your room tonight and I looked down at
You smilin' in your sleep. You were so lovely my heart nearly broke;
And I thought how much like Sleeping Beauty a little girl is. When I
Tuck you in at night I never know how old you'll be when you wake. One
Evening you crawl on your dad's lap and throw your arms around his neck,
The next morning you might be much too grown up for that sort of thing.

You're so quickly approaching the awkward age, too young to drive the
Car and yet too old to be carried in the house half asleep on daddy's
Shoulder. I have a secret that I've never told you, Sleeping Beauty,
You're going on a very exciting trip. You'll travel from yesterday all
The way to tomorrow. It's a rapid journey and you'll travel light,
Leaving behind you measles, mumps, freckles, bumps, bubble gum and me.

I promise not to feel too hurt when you discover that the world is more
Important than your daddy's lap. Yesterday you were blue jeans and pig tails,
The neighborhood's best tree climber. Tomorrow you'll be blue organdy and
Pony tails and you'll view the world from a loftier perch - a pair of high
Heel shoes.

Yesterday you could mend a doll's broken leg with a hug; tomorrow you'll
Be able to break a young man's heart with a kiss. Humh! Humh! Yesterday you
Could get lost one aisle away from me at a supermarket now I have to worry
About losing you down another aisle to some strange young man. You see,
Just at the point where you're growing pains stop, mine begins. Yesterday
You were kind of a pain in the neck when you were around, tomorrow you'll
Be an ache in my heart when your not.

Tomorrow you'll lay aside your jump rope and tie up the telephone lines
And that little boy that used to push you in the mud; well, he'll fight to
Sit out a dance with you. The clock is countin' the minutes for you and the
Sky upstairs is savin' its' brighest stars; - and the sun is waitin' with
Its' shiniest day.

Oh I, I can't expect you to live in a doll house forever. Sooner or later,
The butterfly sheds it's cocoon and the smallest bird must try its wings.
But when you grow up and out of my arms; when you finally get too big for my
Shirts, I'll still recall how you used to scatter dust and dolls and partially
Through every room in the house; but you spread sunshine too. The dust is
Settled, your mom picked up the dolls; but the sunshine will always fill
The corners of our hearts.

So, here I am talking in your sleep, because, well if you saw this look on
My face, you'd laugh and if I spoke with this lump in my throat, I'd cry.
Yea! honey when I looked at you tonight you were a Sleeping Beauty. So, I
Tiptoed over and I kissed you you didn't wake up, I knew you wouldn't.
According to the legend only the handsome young prince can open your eyes
And I'm just the father of the future bride.

So you sleep on pretty thing, tomorrow you'll wake and you'll be a young
Lady and you won't even realize that you've changed courses in the middle
Of a dream. But you might notice a little change in me; I'll look a little
Different somehow. A little sadder, a little wiser, but a whole lot richer.
Tonight, I kissed a princess and I feel like a king.