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Some said he's born down in Texas. / Some said he's born up in Maine. / I just say he was a Louisiana man
"Well,” the captain said to John Henry
”I'm gonna bring my steam drill around’”
John Henry said to his Shaker, / "Shaker you had better pray. / If you miss your six feet of steel / Tomorrow'll be your buryin' day day day!
They took John Henry to the graveyard, / Laid him down in the sand. / Every locomotive comin' a-rolling by hollered, / “Yonder lays a steel-drivin' man man man!