Ballads - 民謡

Ballads - 民謡

 

① John Henry


John Henry, when he was a baby
Settin' on his mammy's knee
Picked up an hammer in his little right hand
Said, "Hammer be the death of me, me, me
Hammer be the death of me"

Some say he's born in Texas
Some say he's born up in Maine
I just say he was a Louisiana man
Leader of a steel-driving chain gang
Leader on a steel-driving gang

Well, the Captain said to John Henry
"I'm gonna bring my steam drill around
Gonna bring my steam drill out on the job
Gonna whup that steel on down, down, down
Whup that steel on down"

John Henry said to the Captain
(What he say?)
"You can bring your steam drill around
You can bring your steam drill out on the job
I'll beat your steam drill down, down, down
Beat your steam drill down"

John Henry said to his Shaker
"Shaker, you had better pray
If you miss your six feet of steel
I'll be your buryin' day, day, day
I'll be your buryin' day"

Now, the Shaker said to John Henry
(Yes sir)
"Man ain't nothing but a man
(No he ain't)
But before I'd let that steam drill beat me down
(I believe him)
I'd die with an hammer in my hand, hand, hand
(I believe him)
I'd die with an hammer in my hand"

John Henry had a little woman
Her name was Polly Anne
John Henry took sick and was laid up in bed
While Polly handled steel like a man, man, man
Polly handled steel like a man

They took John Henry to the graveyard
Laid him down in the sand
Every locomotive comin' a-rolling by
Hollered, there lies a steel-drivin' man, man, man
There lies a steel-drivin' man
There lies a steel-drivin' man, man, man
There lies a steel-drivin' man

 

② Frankie and Johnny


Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts
At least, that's the way the story goes
Frankie bought everything for Johnny
From his sports car to his Ivy League clothes
Oh, he was a man alright
Oh, but he was doing a wrong

Just to show you what can happen
A friend came running to Frankie
Said, "You know I wouldn't tell you no lie
I saw your man riding in his Jaguar
With a chick named Mary Bley"
Oh and if he was your man honey
Let me tell you he was doing you wrong

Let me tell the story
Frankie ran around the corner
And peeped in a swinging place
And there she saw Johnny with a woman
He had his arm around her waist, oh he was a man alright
But Frankie could see that he was doing a wrong

And oh let me tell you, Frankie reached down in her pocketbook
And up with a long 44, she shot once, twice, three times
And Johnny fell on the hardwood floor
Oh he was a man alright
But she shot him because he was doing a-wrong
But the last thing he told her was

Frankie, you know I love you why?
Honey why did you do that?
Frankie, I was telling her about you
Frankie, you know I love you
Frankie, you know that I love you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah and now Frankie

Frankie you know good well that I love you
Frankie I'll always love you baby
Frankie, you know I can't do without you
Frankie, you know I love you
I'm your man and although I was doing you wrong
Wrong wrong let me tell you
Frankie baby you know I love you baby
Frankie and I

 

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