Lost John 

Traditional Texas ballad. Arranged by Andrew Calhoun, recorded on Bound to Go.

With his diamond spade, got it in his hand 
Gonna hew out the live oaks that are in this land 
If I had listened what Rosie said 
I'd a been sleeping in Rosie's bed 
But I wouldn't listen got to running around 
First thing I knew I was jailhouse bound 
Well I got in the jail with my mouth poked out 
Now I'm in the pen and I can't get out 

Well-a John made a pair of shoes 
Funniest shoes that was ever seen 
Had a heel in front, had a heel behind 
Couldn't hardly tell which way he's gone 

Chorus: 
He's long gone, he's lost John, he's gone gone 
Like a turkey through the corn, with his long clothes on 
He's gone gone, he's lost John, he's long gone 

Well-a hear that sergeant jus' a huffin' & a blowin' 
I believe I hear that bloodhound moanin' 
I wouldn't stop if I seen myself dyin' 
I'm on my way to that long leaf pine* 
'Cross the Brazos river, in the mornin' dew, 
Well it's goodbye sergeant, and the captain too 

He's long gone, he's lost John, he's gone gone 
Like a turkey through the corn, with his long clothes on 
He's gone gone, he's lost John, he's long gone 

Good morning, Mary, how do you do? 
Well I crossed that river just to see you 
Gimme 2-3 minutes just to catch my wind 
2-3 minutes and I'm gone again... 

He's long gone, he's lost John, he's gone gone  
Like a turkey through the corn, with his long clothes on  
He's gone gone, he's lost John, he's long gone 

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