Lightning Long John

Here s a version from Lighning and a group of convicts, Darrington State Prison Farm, sandy Point Texas. Recorded by John and Alan Lomx,1934.

1 It’s a long John
He’s a long gone
Like a turkey through the corn
Through the long corn

2: Well my John said
in the ten chap ten
If a man die
He will live again
Well they crucified Jesus
And they nailed him to the cross
Sister Mary cried
My child is lost
Ch; Well Long John
He’s long gone
He’s long gone
Mister John John
Oh Big-Eye John
O John John
It’s a long John

3: Says-uh Come on gal
And-uh shut that door
Says The dog’s is coming
And Ive got to go

Ch: Its a long John
He’s long gone
Its a long John
He’s a long gone

4 WEll-a two three minutes
Let me catch my wind
In-a two three minutes
I’m gone again

Ch He’s long John
He’s long gone
He’s long gone
He’s long gone

5: Well my John said
Just before he did
Well I’m going home
See Mary Lid
Ch: He’s John John
Old John John
Withhis long clothes on
Just-a skippin through the corn

6: Well my John said
On the fourth day
Well to tell my rider
That I’m on my way

Ch: Hes long gone
He’s long gone
He’s long gone
Its a long John

7: Gonna call this summer
Aint gon’call no more
If I call next summer
Be in Baltimore

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