The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Lost John

Long John walkin' around in the rain
Around the curve come a 5 passenger 1 train
John made a grab but he couldn't get aboard
Left him sittin' on the 5 old rail- 1 road...

He's long 4 gone, long 1 gone
Long 5 gone, Lost 1 John

No hat on his head, no shoes on his feet
He's a-beggin' the women for his bread and meat
One woman said, now look here John
I'll take my broom and hurry you along...

I had an ol' dog and his name was Will
Run Lost John to the top of the hill
Last time ol' Lost John was seen
He's runnin' like a rabbit through Bowling Green...

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.