“If I Die a Railroad Man”


"They took John Henry to the steep hillside, He looked to the heaven above, He said, 'Take my hammer and wrap it in gold And give it to the girl I love." "If I die a railroad man, go bury me under the tie So I can hear old Number 4 As she goes rolling by"


  • Green Bailey, "If I Die a Railroad Man" (Champion 15652 [as Aaron Boyd]/Supertone 9320 [as Harvey Farr], 1929; rec. 1928; on KMM)
  • Tenneva Ramblers, "If I Die a Railroad Man" (Victor 21406, 1928)


  1. Sandburg, pp. 362-363, "If I Die a Railroad Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, San362


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US