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If I Die A Railroad man:
Lyrics, Chords and Lead Sheet

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They took John Henry to the steep hillside;
He looked to the heaven above.
He says: "Take my hammer and wrap it in gold,
And give it to the girl I love, and give it to the girl I love.

If I die a-railroad man,
Go bury me under the tie,
So I can hear old number four
As she goes rolling by, as she goes rolling by.

If I die a railroad man,
Go bury me under the sand,
with a pick and a shovel at my head and feet,
And a nine pound hammer in my hand, and a ninepound hammer in my hand.


Music excerpt (click on image for pdf version in C, A and F)

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