Spike Driver Blues tab with lyrics by Mississippi John Hurt - Easy chords and tabs for guitar

Mississippi John Hurt – Spike Driver Blues tab

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Spike Driver Blues

Music and lyrics Mississippi John Hurt
Original Transcription Unknown
Updated and augmented by Jeff Thaler

*Mississippi John Hurt would sometimes play this while tuned up a 1/2 step (the 
of playing with a capo on the first fret)*

The song is in G and repeats this throughout


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John Henry was a steel driving man Yes he went down Well he went down You just take this hammer and carry it to my captain Oh tell him I'm gone Won't you tell him I'm gone John Henry, he left his hammer Layin' aside the road Layin' aside the road John Henry, he left his hammer All painted in red All painted in red You just take this hammer and carry it to my captain Yes tell him I'm gone Won't you tell him I'm gone This is the hammer that killed John Henry But it won't kill me No it won't kill me I walked all the way from East Colorado Baby that's my home Honey that's my home That's where I'm goin' You just take this hammer and carry it to my captain Oh tell him I'm gone Won't you tell him I'm gone =============================================================== Alternative Verses (Mississippi John Hurt sang the song differently on every version I've heard) John Henry, he had a little wife Name was Polly Ann Name was Polly Ann John Henry took sick in the bed She drove steel like a man Drove steel like a man Take this hammer and carry it to my captain Tell him I'm gone Oh you tell him I'm gone I'm sure he's gone This is the hammer that killed John Henry But it won't kill me Won't kill me Aint gonna kill me John Henry, he left his hammer All over in red All over in red That's why I'm goin' John Henry was a steel driving boy But he went down But he went down That's why I'm goin'
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