John Henry and Johnny Cash

Johny Cash recorded a version of the John Henry story that is beautifully sung. There is a middle stanza that is apropos for Robot Futures. It reads alright; but listen to it if you can- it’s powerful that way:

John Henry said, “I feed four little brothers
And baby sister’s walkin’ on her knees
Did the Lord say that machines oughtta take the place of livin’?
And what’s a substitute for bread and beans? I ain’t seen it
Do engines get rewarded for their steam?”

The full lyrics are easily available, for instance on Metrolyrics.


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