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Nine Pound Hammer [core]

This nine pound hammer is just a little too 4 heavy
Buddy, for my 1 size, Buddy, 5 for my 1 size

Roll on, buddy, don't you roll so 4 slow
Buddy, how can I 1 roll, when the 5 wheels won't 1 go

There ain't a hammer in this here tunnel
That rings like mine, that rings like mine

Rings like silver, shines like gold
Rings like silver, shines like gold

Somebody stole my nine pound hammer
They took it and gone, they took it and gone

I went up on the mountain just to see my honey
And I ain't coming back, No I ain't coming back

This nine pound hammer, it killed John Henry
Ain't a-gonna kill me, Ain't a-gonna kill me

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Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

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.