Who Sang Nine Pound Hammer? James Monroe & Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe Blue Grass Special Memories cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1999-9
length: 2:10
tenor vocals: Bill Monroe
double bass: Billy Linneman
guitar: James Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
fiddle: Buddy Spicher
banjo: Alan O’Bryant
lead vocals: James Monroe
Lyrics
[Chorus:]
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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Bringing in the Georgia Mail
  • 2 Down Memory Lane
  • 3 I'm Coming Back but I Don't Know When
  • 4 Nine Pound Hammer
  • 5 Live and Let Live
  • 6 I Haven't Seen Mary in Years
  • 7 Bonny
  • 8 When the Bees Are in the Hive
  • 9 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  • 10 When the Angels Carry Me Home

  • Release information
    label: Raintree Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 067932759925
    script: Latin