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Big Bad John

In the style of

Jimmy Dean


every mornin'
at the mine
you could
see him arrive
he stood six foot six
and weighed
two forty-five

kinda broad
at the shoulder
and narrow
at the hip
and everybody knew
you didn't give no lip
to big john

big john
big john
big bad john

nobody seemed
to know
where john
called home
he just drifted
into town
and stayed all alone

didn't say much
kinda quiet and shy
but if you spoke at all
you just said hi
to big john

somebody said
he came from
new orleans
where he got in a fight
over a cajun queen

and a crashin' blow
from a huge
right hand
sent a
louisiana fella
to the promised land
big john

big john
big john
big bad john

then came the day
at the bottom
of the mine
when a timber cracked
and men started cryin'

miners where prayin'
and hearts beat fast
thought that
they'd breathed
their last 'cept john

through the dust
and the smoke
of this man-made hell
walked a giant
of a man
that the miners
knew well

a saggin' timber
gave out
with a groan

and like
a giant oak tree
he just stood there
big john

big john
big john
big bad john

with all his strength
he gave a mighty shove
then a miner
yelled out
there's a light
up above

and twenty men
from a would-be grave
now there's only one
left down there
to save
big john

with jacks and timbers
they started
back down
then came that rumble
way down
in the ground

and the smoke
and the gas
belched outta
that mine
everybody knew
it was
the end of the line
for big john

big john
big john
big bad john

now they
never reopened
that worthless pit
they just placed
a marble stand
in front of it

these few words
are written
on that stand
at the bottom
of this mine
lies a big big man
big john

big john
big john
big bad john


  • Duration : 3:03
  • Key : G
  • Genre : Country
  • Year released : 1961
  • Language : English

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