Nine Pound Hammer
Written by Merle Travis




This nine pound hammer is a little too heavy,
For my size, buddy, for my size.

chorus 1:

Roll on buddy! Don't you roll so slow,
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:

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