Big Bad John

Jimmy Dean

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(Spoken)  Ever' mornin' the mine you could see him arrive
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He stood  six-foot six and weighed two forty-five
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Kinda  broad at the shoulders and narrow at the hip
 GDG
Ever'- body knew you didn't  give no "lip", to Big  John;

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(Big  John), (Big  John), Big Bad  John,  (Big  John).

Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
And 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 Louisana fellow to the promised land, Big John;

 CDGDG
(Big  John), (Big  John), Big Bad  John,  (Big  John).

Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
And ever'body tho't that they'd breathed their last, 'cept John;

Thru the dust and the smoke of this man made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a sagging timber and gave out with a groan
And like a giant Oak tree just stood there alone, Big John;

 CDGDG
(Big  John), (Big  John), Big Bad  John,  (Big  John).

CHANGE TO A:
With all of his strength, he gave a mighty shove
Then a miner yelled out, there's a light up above
And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave
And 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 smoke and gas belched out of that mine
And ever'body knew it was the end of the line, for Big John;

 CDGDG
(Big  John), (Big  John), Big Bad  John,  (Big  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 likes a big, big man, Big John;

(Big John), (Big John), Big Bad John, (Big John), (fade) (Big John).


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