The man who made the steam drill
He thought he was mighty fine
But John Henry drilled 14 feet
And the steam drill only made nine.
Lord, Lord, and the steam drill only made nine.
I looked on the internet and apparently there are as many versions of this song as there are people that recorded it. Many of them don't have this verse. But Alan Lomax recorded this verse, so I think it is pretty authentic after all.
The great thing about folk songs is that you can take verses from different versions and sing it just the way you like it.
My husband is now having fun writing and recording music. Alice Apollo laid down a vocal for his newest song "Leftover Brass On the Beach with Amazing Grace." Check it out here: