Big Bad John Uke tab by Tennessee Ernie Ford

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Big John Big John

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Every morning at 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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Kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
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and everybody knew you didn # 17 t give no lip to Big John
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Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John

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Nobody seemed to know where John called home
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he just drifted into town and stayed all alone
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He didn # 17 t say much a kind a quiet and shy
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and if you spoke at all you just said hi to Big John

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Somebody said he came from New Orleans
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where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
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and a crashing blow from a huge right hand
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sent a Louisiana fellow to the promised land Big John
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Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
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when a timber cracked and the men started crying
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Miners were praying and hearts beat fast
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and everybody thought that they'd breathed their last 'cept John

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Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell
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walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
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grabbed a sagging timber and gave out with a groan
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and like a giant oak tree just stood there alone Big John
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Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John

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And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
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then a miner yelled out # There's a light up above # 1
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And twenty men scrambled from a would be grave
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and now there's only one left down there to save Big John

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With jacks and timbers they started back down
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then came that rumble way down in the ground
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and smoke and gas belched out of that mine
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everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John
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Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John

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Now they never reopened that worthless pit
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they just placed a marble stand in front of it
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These few words are written on that stand

# At the bottom of this mine lies a big big man Big John

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Big John Big John # 3

 

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