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Nine Pound Hammer (Roll on Buddy) cho: Roll on buddy! Don't you roll so slow. How'm I gonna roll, when the wheels won't go. Roll on buddy! Pull a load of coal How'm I gonna pull, when the wheels won't roll. This nine pound hammer is a little too heavy For my size, buddy, for my size. I'm a- goin' on the mountain for to see my baby An' I ain't comin' back. Lord, I ain't comin' back. Well when I die, you can make my tombstone Out of number nine coal, out of number nine coal. Ain't nobody's hammer on this here mountain Rings like mine, that rings like mine. Well this old hammer, it killed John Henry Killed John Henry, but it won't kill me. An' this old hammer rings like silver Rings like silver, rings like gold. It's a long way to Harlan, it's a long way to Hazard Just to get a little brew, just to get a little brew. note: similar to one version of Swannanoa Tunnel Collected by Sharp as Swannanoa Town. See SWANNOA Recorded by Merle Travis, Monroe Bros. RG
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