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Duration: 3:03 
Release Date: 1961  (RJ) 
Lyrics By: Jimmy Dean (RJ) 
Music By: Jimmy Dean (RJ) 
Produced By: Don Law and Frank Jones (peppertree5706) 
Released By: Columbia (peppertree5706) 
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  • Was #1 on the BILLBOARD charts for five weeks, beginning in October 1961. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    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
    (Big 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
    Kinda quiet and shy
    And if you spoke at all
    You just said hi to Big John

    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
    (Big John, Big John)

    Then came the day
    At the bottom of the mine
    When a timber cracked
    And men started crying

    Miners were praying
    And hearts beat fast
    And everybody thought that they'd
    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
    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 miner yelled out
    There's a light up above

    And twenty 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 then 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 (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 a big, big man, Big John

    (Big John, Big John)
    Big bad John (big John)
    (Big John) big bad John

    (Dave AuJus)
    Current Rating 10.0 (1 vote)
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    Messages about the song: "Big Bad John"
    peppertree5706   Offline  -  Participant  -  08-30-06 12:09 AM  -  17 years ago
    Released in September, 1961
    peppertree5706   Offline  -  Participant  -  08-30-06 12:06 AM  -  17 years ago
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