The Ballad of John Henry

Album: The Ballad of John Henry (2009)
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  • Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints

    Take this hammer carry it to the Captain , Tell him why I'm gone
    Take this hammer carry it to the Captain , Tell him I'm goin' home

    I don't want your cold iron shackles around my leg
    I don't want your cold iron shackles around my leg

    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints

    I'm a long way from Colorado , A long way from my home...
    Get the hammer that killed John Henry , Won't kill me no more
    Gimme the hammer that killed John Henry , 'cause it won't kill me
    Gimme the hammer that killed John Henry , 'cause it won't kill me

    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints

    Take this hammer carry it to the Captain , Tell him I'm goin' home
    Take this hammer carry it to the Captain , Tell him why I'm gone
    I'm a wanted man with the Captain
    I'm a wanted man in the shackles
    I'm a wanted man in the shackles
    I'm a wanted man .....

    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Who killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Ohhhh Ohhhhhhh

    I killed John Henry , In the battle of sinners and saints
    Ohhhh Ohhhhhhhhh Writer/s: JOE BONAMASSA
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust Ave
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Jasmine John Henry was a prisoner (trivial charges) that was released to a labor camp. He died of silicosis. His lyrics make sense and are a more accurate depiction of his life.
  • Robert from U..s.Well, why does bonamassa talk about John Henry being in shackles? And John Henry being a "wanted man". He was not a slave at the time he was working for the rail road Right? And he was not a wanted man? Never read about John Henry being in shackles.... He was a living legend, at the time the song is talking about! supposed to be one of the strongest, or the strongest, man in the U.S. at the time! Nobody killed him, from what i read too? The legend says, or some said, he died of a heart attack after beating the steam drill in that contest, to see if John Henry could beat a steam drill. People that knew him, said he did not die soon after winning the contest.... I do not understand the lyrics of the song! Anyone know if Bonamassa ever really explained the lyrics? He did write the lyrics? Right?
  • Mark from Qca, IaJoe's "stop" video is good.
    Bonamassa's always a good live show too
    seen him 3 times now
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