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  • Big John. Big John.
  • Every morning at the mine you could see him arrive.
  • He stood six-foot-six and weighed twofortyfive.
  • King of broad at the shoulder
  • At naroow at the hip
  • And everybody knew you did'nt give no lip to Big John.
  • Nobody seemed to know where John called home.
  • He just drifted into town and stayed all alone.
  • He did'nt say much a kind a quiet and shy
  • And if you spoke at all
  • You just said "hi" to Big John.
  • Big John. Big John. Big John.
  • Big Bad John.
  • Somebody
  • said he came from New Orleans
  • Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
  • And a crashing blow from a huge right hand
  • Sent a Louisiana fellow to the promised land. Big John.
  • Big John. Big John. Big John.
  • Big John.
  • Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
  • When a timber cracked and the men started craying.
  • Miners were praying and hearts beat fast
  • And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last 'cept John.
  • Through the dust and 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 grown
  • And like a giant oak tree
  • Just stood there alone. Big John.
  • Big John. Big John. Big John.
  • Big John.
  • And 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
  • Everybody knew
  • It was the end of the line for for Big John.
  • Big John. Big John. Big John.
  • Big Bad 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 lies a big
  • Big man; Big John.
  • Big John. Big John.
  • Big Bad John.
  • Big John. Big John. ...
  • Big Bad John ...

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