Johnny Cash – Big Bad John Lyrics

Big John, big John

Every morning at the mine, you could see him arrive

He stood 6 foot 6, weighed 245

Kind of broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip

And everybody knew you 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, kind of quiet and shy

And if you spoke at all, you’d just said hi to big John

Somebody said he came from New Orleans

Where he got into a fight over a Cajun Queen

And a crash and a blow from a huge right hand

Sent a Louisiana fella to the promise land

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 crying

Minors were praying, and hearts beat fast

And everybody thought they had breathed their last ‘cept John

Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell

Walked a giant of a man that the minors knew well

Grabbed a sagging timber and 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 minor yelled out, "There’s a light up above!"

And 20 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 as smoke and gas smelched 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 bottom of this mine, lies one hell of a man, big John’

Big John, big John

Big, bad John

Big John