“Never Let Your Honey Have Her Way”


"John Henry's dead, And de las' words he said, 'Never let your honey Have her way." "'Way back, 'Way back, Way back in Alabama, 'Way back." "If you let her have her way, She'll lead you off astray." "De chickens in my sack, Bloodhounds on my track."


I've heard this song (or something like it) sung as "Pay Day," in a version quite close to "Rabbit in the Log (Feast Here Tonight)." But I can't swear that that wasn't a modified version, so I'm filing it separately from both "John Henry" and "Rabbit in the Log." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 221, "John Henry's Dead" (1 text)
  2. BI, ScNF221


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: death dog crime escape
Found in: US(So)