Nine Pound Hammer
Written by Merle Travis
Chord-chart by Lynn Lewis




- |G / / / |C / / This nine pound hammer - - is a little too heavy, / |G / D / |G / / For my size - - buddy, for my size.

chorus 1:

/ |G / / / |C / / Roll on buddy - - Don't you roll so slow, / |G / D / |G / / / | How can I roll - - when the wheels won't go.


I'm a-goin' on the mountain for to see my baby, An' I ain't comin' back, Lord, I ain't comin' back.

chorus 2:

Roll on buddy! Pull a load of coal, How can I go when the wheels won't go roll.


There ain't one hammer in this tunnel , That rings like mine, buddy rings like mine.

chorus 3:

Rings like silver but it s shines like gold, Rings like silver but it shines like gold.


Well this nine pound hammer, it killed John Henry, Ain’t gonna kill me, ain’t gonna kill me.

chorus 1:


Well when I‘m long gone, you can make my tombstone, Out of number nine coal, out of number nine coal.

chorus 2:


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.

chorus 1:

Page design by Lynn Lewis © - 2016 All Rites, Writes, Wrights, Rights & Wrongs Reserved