Mudcat Café message #3512575 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150708   Message #3512575
Posted By: GUEST,Jim Hauser
07-May-13 - 09:59 AM
Thread Name: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Subject: RE: rebellion and protest in John Henry
I have checked the various John Henry threads, and haven't found anything along the lines of what I've been looking at. One thing that I have seen in mudcat is lyrics in which the drill is associated with being the captain's drill, which puts John Henry at odds with his captain sort of indirectly, but maybe directly also depending upon how you interpret it. Versions such as these are fairly common and I should include them in my webpage.

Regarding John Garst, I recently received his e-mail address and paln to contact him. I'm especially interested in whether he's come across any unpublished versions of the ballad that might be similar to the versions I've identifed so far. I also need to contact Scott Nelson who wrote a book about his search for John Henry a few years ago.