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John Henry

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First time played on: 20/04/2006

Latest time played on: 21/11/2006


Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet

Episode: John Henry


From the album:


One, two, three

When John Henry was a little baby
Sittin' on his daddy's knee
He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel
And cried, "hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord
Hammer's gonna be the death of me"

Now the captain he said to John Henry
"I'm gonna bring that steam drill around

I'm gonna bring that steam drill out on these tracks
I'm gonna knock that steel on down, God, God
I'm gonna knock that steel on down"

John Henry told his captain,
"Lord a man ain't nothin' but a man
But before I let this steam drill beat me down
I'm gonna die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord
Die with a hammer in my hand"

Ready Sue!

John Henry driving on the right side
That steam drill driving on the left
Says, "'fore I'll let your steam drill beat me down
I'm gonna hammer myself to death, Lord, Lord
I'll hammer my fool self to death"

Well, captain said to John Henry

"What is that storm I hear?"
John Henry said, "That ain't no storm
Captain, that's just my hammer in the air, Lord, Lord
That's just my hammer in the air"

John Henry said to his shaker
"Shaker, why don't you sing?
'Cause I'm swigin' thirty pounds from my hips on down
Yeah, listen to my cold steel ring, Lord, Lord

Listen to my cold steel ring"

Come on ???!

I wanna hear that banjo now too!

I want it now!

Now John Henry he hammered in the mountains
His hammer was striking fire
But he worked so hard, it broke his heart

John Henry laid his hammer and died, Lord, Lord
John Henry laid down his hammer and died

Well now John Henry he had him a woman
By the name of Polly Ann
She walked out to those tracks, picked up John Henry's hammer
Polly drove steel like a man, Lord, Lord
Polly drove that steel like a man

Come on!

Well every, every Monday morning
When a bluebird he began to sing
You could hear John Henry from a mile or more
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring
Set out again!
So you can hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord
You can hear John Henry's hammer ring

Come on! Woah!

One, two, a one two three four!*

It's good
Played in:
20/04/2006Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
24/04/2006Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
25/04/2006Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
26/04/2006Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
30/04/2006New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LAUnited States
05/05/2006The Point, DublinIreland
07/05/2006The Manchester Evening News Arena, ManchesterGreat Britain
08/05/2006Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, LondonGreat Britain
09/05/2006St. Lukes Church, LondonGreat Britain
10/05/2006AccorHotels Arena, ParisFrance
12/05/2006Mediolanum Forum, MilanItaly
14/05/2006Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona, BadalonaSpain
16/05/2006AFAS Live, AmsterdamNetherlands
17/05/2006Festhalle, Frankfurt am MainGermany
20/05/2006Spektrum, OsloNorway
21/05/2006Hovet, StockholmSweden
27/05/2006Tweeter Center, Boston, MAUnited States
28/05/2006Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VAUnited States
30/05/2006Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OHUnited States
31/05/2006Verizon Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, INUnited States
03/06/2006Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZUnited States
05/06/2006Greek Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
06/06/2006Concord Pavilion, Concord, CAUnited States
10/06/2006Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IAUnited States
11/06/2006Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MNUnited States
13/06/2006MidWest Bank Amphitheater, Chicago, ILUnited States
14/06/2006Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WIUnited States
16/06/2006Blossom Amphitheatre, Cuyahoga Falls, OHUnited States
17/06/2006DTE Energy Center, Clarkston, MIUnited States
19/06/2006Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NYUnited States
20/06/2006Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJUnited States
22/06/2006Madison Square Garden, New York, NYUnited States
24/06/2006PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJUnited States
25/06/2006PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJUnited States
01/10/2006Palamalaguti Arena, BolognaItaly
02/10/2006Palasport Olimpico, TorinoItaly
04/10/2006Villa Manin, UdineItaly
05/10/2006Arena Di Verona, VeronaItaly
07/10/2006Arena Santa Giuliana, PerugiaItaly
08/10/2006Giardini Della Reggia, CasertaItaly
10/10/2006Palalottomatica Sport Palace, RomeItaly
12/10/2006Color Line Arena, HamburgGermany
13/10/2006Ahoy, RotterdamNetherlands
19/10/2006Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, MadridSpain
21/10/2006Estadio Ciutat De Valencia, ValenciaSpain
22/10/2006Plaza De Toros De Granada, GranadaSpain
24/10/2006Palau Sant Jordi, BarcelonaSpain
25/10/2006Palacio Deportes Santander, SantanderSpain
28/10/2006Parken, CopenhagenDenmark
29/10/2006Spektrum, OsloNorway
30/10/2006Globen, StockholmSweden
06/11/2006Koln Arena, CologneGermany
07/11/2006Sportpaleis, AntwerpBelgium
09/11/2006National Exhibition Centre Arena, BirminghamGreat Britain
12/11/2006Wembley Arena, LondonGreat Britain
14/11/2006Hallam FM Arena, SheffieldGreat Britain
17/11/2006The Point, DublinIreland
18/11/2006The Point, DublinIreland
19/11/2006The Point, DublinIreland
21/11/2006Odyssey, BelfastGreat Britain