John Henry's liddle mother; Was all dressed in red, She jumped in bed, covered up her head, Said I didn't know my boy was dead, Said I didn't know my boy was dead. And he growed up taller than a six-foot How he learned to whistle from the Constantdiscrepancies. Saturday afternoons spent with my father in the garageand those broken cars one after another. And went outside to help pick cotton. That man emerged from the earth with one wordthat the earth had been holding, and in that moment. They took John Henry to the graveyard How the witches taught him how to cunjer, Daddy would curse wildly, sometimes, about the car, sometimes about the game. at the faintest conception.Dark. "Shaker you had better pray Bring me back a TWELVE-pound hammer, please. gonna whup that steel on down down down Stood in the rain, flagged the east bound train. And I'll beat that steam drill down, Lord, Lord, But John Henry said, "Captain, just you stand aside--. from Virginia to Alabama just beyond every holler. Whut lived one time in the delta lan' Some say he's born up in Maine I would always askif we could've tried harder. If we have inadvertently included a copyrighted poem that the copyright holder does not wish to be displayed, we will take the poem down within 48 hours upon notification by the owner or the owner's legal representative (please use the contact form at or email "admin [at] poetrynook [dot] com").

whippoorwills, And turned the wheels whut ran the mills; I only knew the Event, itself took place. And never get tired and want to rest, Lord, Lord. That he laid down his hammah and he cried.
But time came,(this is the inevitable part) when he would draw the white. I’m so moved that I dart between the guards toward him, & hold him in my arms & where I touch him, feathers. She’s gone. Oh, they ain't no tale was ever wrote Road Is gonna be the death of me, Gonna be the death of me." I'd die with an hammer in my hand!". than anyone I’d ever seen—iridescent, glowing with it. Renderedlaws of my country. And the last words he said to that chile was. That he laid down his hammah and he cried. . All Rights Reserved. TJ Jarrett is the author of Zion (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition. The day he was born in the Mississippi bottom The matter of debts,the violent death. Other Versions, Johnson cites another song obtained from Onah L. Spencer of Cincinnati, Ohio. But this we can say is true: the world sent, a man down into the earth one day—the same worldwho fixed his shackles, closed each door, the world, which said no, and no, and no like so many stones.The world sent a man into the earth one day to leave, him. Lead, Kindly Light poem by John Henry Newman. "Man ain't nothing but a man leader on a steel-driving gang, "Well", the captain said to John Henry

played before my face. John Henry was a steel drivin' man, He died with a hammah in his han', Oh, come along boys and line the track. John Henry - If you believe what you hear, he was everywhere If you believe what you hear, he was everywhere - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. Copyright © 2017 by TJ Jarrett. I got ten thousand dollars in the First National Bank. The Shaker said to John Henry “I think this mountain’s cavin’ in!” John Henry said to his Shaker, “Man That ain’t nothin’ but my hammer suckin’ wind! Nothin’ but my hammer suckin’ wind.” The man that invented the steam drill Thought he was mighty fine But John Henry made 15 ft. Says, "There lies my steel-driving man, Lord, Lord. If you believe what you hear, he was everywherefrom Virginia to Alabama just beyond every holler. but before I'd let that steam drill beat me down In her rather unsympathetic report, she was nonetheless pleased to have collected this fragment in the mountains of western North Carolina: Johnie Henry was a hard-workin' man, He died with his hammer in his hand. Blue. Page which said no, and no, and no like so many stones. While the steam drill only made nine, Lord, Lord.
They are happy.There’s a solace in broke-down cars: you can find what, is broken. is more plausible because only a man who lives in darknesscan be felled by the light. “I’d been thinking about work and what women and persons of color endure. © Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038, If you believe what you hear, he was everywhere. The mountain was so tall and John Henry was so small, He laid down his hammer and he cried, "Lord, Lord,". John Henry Newman 1801-1890 • Ranked #1269 in the top 2000 poets "I am an old man; my hair white, my eyes sunk in . Construction Crew Version John Henry's lil mother, She was all dressed in red, She jumped in bed, covered up her head, Said she didn' know her son was dead, Lawd, lawd, didn' know her son was dead. If you asked us, if we were happy, we’d say: Families. The day he was born in the Mississippi bottom He made a meal on buttermilk and sorghum Sometimes I dream of a slave ship docking at port, & my grandmother has brought me here. John Henry was first noted in folk-song scholarship in 1909, in the Journal of American Folklore,by Louise Rand Bascom 12. John Henry took sick and was laid up in bed

John Henry hammered on the right-hand side. Polly handled steel like a man. Copyright © 2008 - 2020 . "You can bring your steam drill around Copyrighted poems are the property of the copyright holders. Says now one more lick fore quittin' time. Lead kindly Light amid the encircling gloomLead thou me onThe night is dark and I am far from home. When John Henry was a little baby, Setting on his mammy's knee, He said "The Big Bend Tunnel on the C. & O. Maybe he, prayed for strength to move it as we do some time oranother. 'Bout Big John Henry that could start to tell While one hand anchored down the


Lyrics to 'John Henry' by Woody Guthrie: John Henry when he was a baby settin' on his mammy's knee picked up an hammer in his little right hand Said 'Hammer be the … Of Late, I Have Been Thinking About Despair, Self-Portrait as the Bootblack in Daguerre’s Boulevard du Temple. The hurt itself will be a kind of attention.

She takes my hand, (in the dream I am very young) as we watch the children, disembark. It'll be your buryin' day day day Her name was Polly Anne He is black, blackerthan anyone I’d ever seen—iridescent, glowing with it.I’m so moved that I dart between the guards toward him& hold him in my arms & where I touch him, feathersgrow. If you miss your six feet of steel there lies a steel-drivin' man!". 'Cause if my TWELVE-pound hammer miss that little piece of steel. And he useta work for Uncle Sam. Saturdays,there was always a game on the radio and I’d stand, beside him or lie under the engine, oil cascading fromthe oilpan. When dey heared of John Henry's death, Stood in de rain, flagged de eas'-boun' train, Goin' where John Henry fell dead, Lawd, lawd, goin' where John Henry fell dead. Every locomotive comin' a-rolling by by by