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John Henry Chords

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About this tab version
This is the version from the album "Lead Belly's Last Sessions." Third and fifth lines of each verse are somewhat simplified, written here as a D chord. Was this info helpful? Yes No
[Intro]
G   | D   | G   | A   | D   | G D |
D   | D   | D A | D   | x2


[Verse 1]
 G                         D             G                  A
John Henry was a new-born baby, sittin' down on his mama's knee
            D                      G      D
Say, "That Big Bend Tunnel on that C & O Road,

It's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord
                   A        D
It's gonna be the death of me.

It's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord
                   A        D
It's gonna be the death of me."


[Verse 2]
 G                   D             G               A
John Henry had two women, one was named Mary Magdalene
          D                      G        D
He would go out on the job and she would sing,

"Hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord,
                   A        D
Hear John Henry's hammer ring.

Hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord,
                   A        D
Hear John Henry's hammer ring."


[Verse 3]
 G                             D          G                   A
John Henry had another little woman, her name was sweet Polly Ann
      D                             G           D
John Henry taken sick, boy, and he had to go to bed

Polly Ann drove steel just like a man, Lord, Lord
                  A        D
Polly Ann drove steel like a man

Polly Ann drove steel just like a man, Lord Lord
                  A        D
Polly Ann drove steel like a man


[Verse 4]
 G                                   D              G                      A
"Baby, who's gonna shoe your little feet, tell me, who's gonna glove your hand?
          D                      G          D
Tell me, who's gonna kiss your sweet little lips, now

Tell me, who's gonna be your man, Lord, Lord
                     A        D
Tell me, who's gonna be your man.

Tell me, who's gonna be your man, Lord, Lord
                     A        D
Tell me, who's gonna be your man?"


[Verse 5]
     G                           D        G                     A
"My papa's gonna shoe my little feet, my mama's gonna glove my hand
    D                       G           D
My sister's gonna kiss my sweet little lips, now

You know I don't need no man, Lord, Lord
                  A       D
You know I don't need no man.

You know I don't need no man, Lord, Lord
                  A       D
You know I don't need no man."


[Solo]
G   | D   | G   | A   | D   | G D |
D   | D   | D A | D   | x2


[Verse 6]
           G                        D                G                 A
Then they taken John Henry to the White House, they buried him in the sand
    D                        G       D
And every locomotive come a-rollin' by, sayin',

"There lies that steel-drivin' man, Lord, Lord
                  A            D
There lies that steel-drivin' man.

There lies that steel-drivin' man, Lord, Lord
                  A            D
There lies that steel-drivin' man."
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