Colcord (Roll and Go, 1924) doesn't draw any connection to the traditional verses of John Henry, either in ballad form or as a hammer song. Most estimates place John Henry's authorship around 1900, though most of the folklore is credited to Guy Johnson's 1929 book, John Henry: Tracking Down a Negro Legend.
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Rocks in de mountens shine like dimons, Rocks in de mountens shine like dimons, Rocks in de mountens shine like dimons, Let 'em shine, babe, let 'em shine
Take dis haim-mah, gib it to de capten, (thrice) Tell 'im I'm gone, babe, tell 'im I'm gone.
Dis same haim-mah kill Jack Johnson, (thrice) Didn' kill me, babe, didn' kill me.