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Tank's Poetry
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Mining Music

Little Bitty Big John
by Jimmy Dean

When he was twelve years old
he wore a thirteen shoe
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

He could do more work
than a man could do
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Well they tell me that
his mama was a Cajun Queen
And his daddy was the strongest
man that you've ever seen

Had the manner of his mama
and the muscles of his dad
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

When he turned sixteen
he was fine young chap
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

And everybody said
he's a picture of his pap
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

He heard all his life about Big Bad John
and about the many things that Big John done
and somebody said he was Big John's son
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Well John called a train
and he left town a flyin'
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Said I'm goin' find my pappy
or I'm goin' die tryin'
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Well, he landed in town where they dug for coal
went a walkin' down the street with an easy stroll
And an old miner said well bless my soul

It's the ghost of Big John
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

The old miner ran but
he caught him in the street
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Stuck out his hand and said we oughta meet
They call me Little Bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

When they finally got to talkin' it was kinda sad
cause the old fella told him about his dad
Said he didn't even know that Big John had
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

The miner took his hand
and he walked out of town
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

Showed that hole way
down in the ground
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John

John stood a lookin' with his hat in his hand
slowly read the words on the marble stand
And he said yes sir,
my daddy was a big, big man.

A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John
A little bitty Big John



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