- Written by
- Mississippi John Hurt
- Same story line as Take This Hammer but a different song all together. Could be traditional. The worker in this song is throwing his hammer down and leaving the exhausting and dangerous work of driving steel spikes with a hammer (often between nine and twelve pounds). Here, John Henry is invoked - not as a hero who raced the steam drill and won - but as a workingman's martyr.
- Published by
WYNWOOD MUSIC COMPANY INC
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT MUSIC INC
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