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Every morning 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 you didn't give no lip to Big John
Big John, Big John
Big Bad John

Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
Didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
But if you spoke at all you'd just say hi to Big John

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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 Bad John

Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started crying
The miners were praying and hearts beat fast
Everybody thought they did 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 sagging timber, gave out with a groan
And like a giant oak tree, just stood there alone, Big John

Big John, Big John, Big Bad John
Big John

With all his strength gave a mighty shove
Then a miner yelled out there's a light up above
Twenty men scrambeld 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
When the 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

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

Writer(s): Jimmy Dean

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