Who Sang Nine Pound Hammer? Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

Release information
Release Date: 1962-6
length: 2:18
producer: Owen Bradley
banjo: Curtis McPeake
double bass: Bessie Lee Mauldin
fiddle: Benny Williams
guitar: Jimmy Maynard
lead vocals: Bill Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
writer: [traditional]
This nine pound hammer is a little too heavy
For my size, honey, for my size

Roll on buddy, don't you roll so slow
Baby, how can I roll when the wheels won't go

Up on the mountain just to see my honey
And I ain't coming back, lord, I ain't coming back

It's a long way to Hazard a long way to Harian
Just to get a little booze, just get a little booz

Ain't one hammer in this tonnel
That rings like mine that rings like mine

It rings like silver and shines like gold
It rings like silver and shines like gold

Somebody stole my nine pound hammer
They've took it and gone, they've took it and gone

That nine pound hammer that killed John Henry
Ain't a gonna kill me, ain't a gonna kill me

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Little Maggie
  • 2 Bugle Call Rag
  • 3 Toy Heart
  • 4 I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
  • 5 Live and Let Live
  • 6 Nine Pound Hammer
  • 7 Cotton Fields
  • 8 John Hardy
  • 9 Shady Grove
  • 10 Danny Boy
  • 11 Journey's End
  • 12 Old Joe Clark