“Little John Henry”


"It was early one mornin' And it looked like rain, Way roun' that curve, Lord, I spied a gravel train. O my little John Henry, Godamighty knows." "Now where'd you get your learnin'? Please tell it to me. On the Gulf and Colorado And the Santa Fe."


Probably a "John Henry-ized" version of "Casey Jones" -- but it may be that this is another case of the Lomaxes turning a song into something else. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Lomax-FSNA 300, "Little John Henry" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 198-199, "My Li'l John Henry" (1 text, 1 tune, a fragment placed her based primarily on the chorus)
  3. Roud #6715
  4. BI, LoF300


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933
Keywords: train
Found in: US(So)