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American Legends

John Henry
Johnny Appleseed
Paul Bunyan
Casey Jones
Stand Tall (End Credits)


John Henry
Polly & Chorus

Chorus
A man with the strength of many
Yes, he was
Brave and bold with a heart of gold
John Henry was a mighty man
Born with a hammer right in his hand

Polly
Well, come on John
You're the one that we're depending on
Swing that hammer with all your might
I know you can show 'em
How to do it right

Chorus
Huh, huh....
John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a mighty man
Born with a hammer
A ten pound hammer
A twenty pound hammer
Right in his hand

I heard John's mama liked to sew at night
So he pulled down the moon
for a little bit of light

Took a lot of cooking to keep John fed
10 dozen eggs and 8 loaves of bread

John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a mighty man
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer right in his hand

He plowed the earth
So wide and deep
The seed he sowed
The ground had to keep
His hammer hit the earth
with such a mighty blow
Everything he planted
Would jump up and grow

John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a powerful man
All our lives we've been so poor
John, let me show you
what we're working for

Canaan land, Canaan land
Everybody working
For the Canaan land
Home and freedom hand in hand
Workin' for the Canaan land
Oh, movin' on down the line
John Henry came right on time
Now we're movin' on down the line
John Henry came right on time
Home and freedom hand in hand
Workin' for the Canaan land

John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a mighty man
John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a powerful man
Steel drivin' man
John Henry was
A steel drivin' man
Oh, yes, he was
So proud defiant
A gentle giant
A steel drivin' natural man

Polly
Well, a-come on, John
You're the one that
We're dependin' on
Swing that hammer
Bust that rock
Come on, give it
Everything you've got

Chorus
John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a mighty man
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer
Right in his hand
John and the drill
Made the valley shake
Rumblin' almost caused an earthquake
Thunder and lightening was everywhere
Oh, Lord, that battle
Was beyond compare

John Henry, John Henry
John Henry is a powerful man
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer
Born with a hammer
Right in his hand

Polly
No mountain too high
No valley too low

Chorus
No river to wide
No place too far to go

Polly
Oh, believe

Chorus
Oh, when you believe
You can overcome
The battle is already won

Polly
Oh, just keep on
Just keep on keepin' on
Stand tall just like John


Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed

The Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For givin' me
The thing I need
The sun and rain
And an apple seed
Yes, He's been good to me

I owe the Lord so much
For everything I see
I'm certain
If it weren't for Him
There'd be no apple
On this limb
He's been good to me

Oh, here am I
'neath the blue, blue sky
A-doin' as i please
Singin' with my feathered friends
Hummin' with the bees
I wake up every day
As happy as can be
Because I know
That with his care
My apple trees
They will still be there
Oh, the Lord is good to me

Pioneers
...rollin' west
There's plenty of room for you
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Out to the great unknown
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Or you'll be left alone

Women
We made a home before
We're startin' out again

Men
We ain't a-feared
o'man nor beast
We're strong hearted men

Johnny & Pioneers
So get on the wagon rollin' west
Seekin' a land that's new
Get on the wagon rollin' west
There's plenty of room for you
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Out to the great unknown
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Or you'll be left alone

The rivers may be wide
The mountains may be tall
But nothin' stops the pioneer
We're trail blazers all

Oh, Get on the wagon rollin' west
Out to the great unknown
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Or you'll be left alone
Get on the wagon rollin' west
Or you'll be left alone

Angel
There's a-apple pickles
Oh, so tasty
Apple tarts and apple pastry
Apple dumplings, not to mention

Johnny
Applesass

Angel
Yes
And there's apple fritters
Light as a thistle
And for folks to wet their whistle

Angel & Johnny
Tangy apple cider in a glass

Angel
Stew 'em, fry 'em, boil 'em, bake 'em

Johnny
Apple pie and apple cake 'em

Angel
Yep, you can cook 'em any way
There's apple this and apple that
The recipes would fill your hat
Why, I could carry on like this all day
So pack your stuff and get a-going
Get them apple trees a-growing

There's a lot of work out there to do

Angel & Johnny
There's a lot of work out there to do

Angel
You got the stuff to see you through
Why...you got all the seeds you're needin'
And for pretty darn good readin'...
There ain't nothing finer than your back
Here's a mighty handy bonnet
Even got a handle on it
Turn it upside down and you can cook
So come on, son, and get a-going'
Get them apple trees a-growin'

Angel & Johnny
There's a lot of work out there to do
Oh, there's a lot of work out there to do

Square Dance Caller
To the right of the ring
And the inside arch
And the outside under
Ain't gonna rain without no thunder
First and third, balance
Swing
Come right out to the right of the ring
And you buckle up 4 with 8 hands around
I'll swing yours and you swing mine
I'll swing my girl half time
Twist her straight to a do-si-do
Chicken in the bread pan
Kickin' out dough
Big pig a-rootin' up a little tater row
One more change and home you go
Now, duck for the apple
4 in a row
Thank ye, son -- corners go
Apple core

Crowd
Baltimore

Square Dance Caller
Bite that apple to the core
Ready now
Allemande left with the old left hand
Back to your partner, right and left grand
Whirl 'em right and whirl 'em wrong
Straighten 'em out and trot 'em along
Right and left, 4 in a row
Second couple on the corners go
Apple core

Crowd
Baltimore

Square Dance Caller
Gent and the pretty girl
Try once more


Paul Bunyan
Chorus

North America was a great big land
With a great big job to be done
A job that needed a great big man
Paul Bunyan was the one

Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
He's 63 axe handles high
With his feet on the ground
And his head in the sky
Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Good night, sleep tight
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
You're only 10 axe handles high
But you'll get bigger by and by
Good night
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Boys
The boys would head for the swimmin' hole
Just as soon as their studies had ceased
And though young Paul was sometimes last
He surely never was least
Hey, Paul
Here comes Paul Bunyan
Though he loved to swim
What a time he had
What a problem, me oh my
When his front was in the water
Oh, his back was high and ddry
Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Paul
With my double-blade axe
And my hobnail boots
I go where the timber is tall
When there's work to be done 
don't mess around
Just sing right out for Paul

Chorus
Hey Paul

Paul
I'm comin', boys

Chorus
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
He's 63 axe handles high
With his feet on the ground
And his head in the sky
Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
Well, he picked up his axe and he chopped a tree
Clean down with his forward swing
Got him another
When his axe swung back
That timber-cuttin' king
He kept on a-chopping the live-long day
And then when it was night
He walked back over the stumps he'd cut
And stomped 'em out of sight
Thanks, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Well, Paul and Babe, they heaved and hauled
And the job was quickly done
They pulled that crooked river out
As straight as the barrel of a gun
Hey Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

He's 63 axe handles high
With his feet on the ground
And his head in the sky
Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Hey Paul
Keep a-swingin', Paul
Paul Bunyan
Yay, Paul
Cut that timber, show him how
Beat that city slicker now
Hey Paul
Get up, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Yeah, Paul

Poor Paul
Poor Paul Bunyan

Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan
He's 63 axe handles high
With his feet on the ground
And his head in the sky
Hey, Paul
Hey, Paul
Paul Bunyan



Casey Jones

Come all you rounders if you want to hear
A story all about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the rounder's name
On a high right wheeler he won his fame
Casey Jones
Casey Jones
Casey Jones, are you ready?
Ready to start for the western land
Out of the junction, on the fly
Casey has that look in his eye
The brakeman knew by the engine's moan
The man at the throttle was Casey Jones
Casey Jo-o-o-o-o-o-o-nes

The rain was coming down 5 or 6 weeks
The railroad track was like the bed of a creek
It slowed him down to a 10-mile gait
And it made the western mail exactly 8 hours late

Casey Jones
Plowin' through the water
Casey Jones
Sluggin' through the mud
Casey Jones
Plowin' through the wa-a-a-a-achoo!

Hours behind, there isn't time to fret
Keep knockin' at the fire door
Don't give up yet
You gotta keep a schedule
Oh you gotta keep a schedule
Oh, you better look out, Casey
Make up schedule, do not fail
Gotta get to Frisco with the western mail
Gotta get to Frisco
Gotta get to Frisco
Gotta get to Frisco
Gotta get to Frisco

Casey knew that he was runnin' too fast
He ran through the signal, last station past
He says, I believe we're gonna make it through
'Cause she steams a lot better than I ever knew

Casey came a-runnin' up the Reno hil
He tooted on his whistle with an awful shrill
Whoo whoo whoo-ooh
He opened up his throttle just as far as she'd go
Just how fast he was a-steamin'
We will never know

Round the curve and down the hump
Two trains gonna bump
Better jump, you're gonna be dead

Headaches and heartaches
And all kinds of pain
They're just part of the railroad game
Stories of brave men, noble and grand
Belong to the life of a railroad man
Casey Jones, is he gonna make it?
Well, he knew his duty
And he finally went west with the western mail



Stand Tall (End Credits)
Sounds of Blackness

No mountain too high
No valley too low
No river too wide
No place too far to go
O, believe
O, when you believe you can overcome
The battle is already won
O, just keep on
Just keep on keepin' on

Stand tall just like John
No matter who you are
No matter
No matter where you're from
Nothing can stop you
Nothing can stop you
From who you can become
Just keep on keepin' on
O, keep on
Stand tall just like John
Hey ee ay

No mountain too high
No valley too low
No river too wide
No place too far to go
O, believe
Believe that you can overcome
The battle is already won
O, just keep on
Keep on keepin' on

Stand tall just like John
No matter who you are
No matter
No matter where you're from
Nothing can stop you
Nothing can stop you
From who you can become
Just keep on keepin' on
O, keep on
Stand tall just like John
Hey ee ay

No mountain too high
No valley too low
No river too wide
No place too far to go
O, believe
Believe that you can overcome
The battle is already won
O, just keep on
Keep on keepin' on

Stand tall just like John
No matter who you are
No matter
No matter where you're from
Nothing can stop you
Nothing can stop you
From who you can become
Just keep on keepin' on
O, keep on
Stand tall just like John
Hey ee ay

No mountain too high
No valley too low
No river too wide
No place too far to go
O, believe
Believe that you can overcome
The battle is already won
O, just keep on
Keep on keepin' on

Stand tall just like John
No matter who you are
No matter
No matter where you're from
Nothing can stop you
Nothing can stop you
From who you can become
Just keep on keepin' on
O, keep on
Stand tall just like John
Hey ee ay