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Big Bad John Lyrics

Artist: Jimmy Dean


(Big John, Big John)
Ev'ry mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive
He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip to Big John.
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, you just said "Hi" to Big John.

Somebody said he came from New Orleans
Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand
Sent a Loosiana fellow to the Promised Land-Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last-'cept John

Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan
And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone-Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad 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
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 then smoke and gas belched out of that mine
Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big 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 bottem of this mine lies one hell of a man big john
(Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)

FADE (Big John, Big John) Big Bad John (Big John)
Comments/Interpretations
by Big Bad John on 4/28/2009 9:28am
I'm Not Dead!!!!
by lame on 4/28/2009 10:12am
this song id lame as hell!
by billie jo on 4/28/2009 12:32pm
i liked this song
by billie on 4/28/2009 12:51pm
i did not like it
by Glen on 7/19/2009 12:33pm
this is a hell of a song i wish there were more songs like it
by Lee on 8/30/2009 4:33am
The last line is "at the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man"- big John, this was early sixties music, no cursing was allowed. it wouldn't get air time if it said "hell"...
by Classic song! on 9/28/2009 10:11am
Some classic songs have stood the test of time and this is a perfect example.....great song, brings back alot of great memories!
by kathleen ann miller thomason on 6/14/2010 12:36pm
i first heard this song on the radio when i lived at 614 3rd street back in 1967. it was in hot springs, arkansas. i have always like this song i want like to have a cd so i could play it in chevy venture everyday.
by dennis borelli on 6/14/2010 10:30pm
R.I.P. JIMMY DEAN
by Jack Lawson on 12/9/2012 4:20pm
This song has been a lifetime favourite since I heard it as a teenager... Loved it then all my life and even now and I' m due my old age pension next year..They sure don' make em like this any more .
Jack


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