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A NOTE ABOUT PUBLISHING:

Want to use a Woody Guthrie song?

If you are interested in using a song for publication, recording, performance, or other, please contact the publisher of that particular song. All works by Woody Guthrie are held under U.S. Copyright Law.

Woody has a few different publishers, just look at the bottom of each lyric and you'll see who to contact.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anna Canoni at: acanoni(at)woodyguthrie.org


PUBLISHER'S CONTACT:

TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Leah Gebhardt
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x25
E: NorthAmericaLicensing(at)troessexmusic.com
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Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
Attn: Gregg Barron
6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 969-0988
E: info.us@bmgchrysalis.com
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Sanga Music Group
(Administered by Bicycle Music)
449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 
T: 310-286-6600
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Michael Goldsen Music, Inc.
(Administered by Universal Music)

2100 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: (310) 235-4892
E: umpg.songlist@umusic.com
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Jackhammer Blues
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

I've got those jackhammer blues, I've been trippin' on a hard rock pile,
I've got the jackhammer blues, I've been trippin' on a block o'slag,
I can hear my hammer trippin' while I'm tryin' to get some sleep at night.

Jackhammer, jackhammer eatin' that rock away;
Look at my jackhammer chompin' that rock away;
Takes fourteen cranes and dumptrucks just to follow me around a day.

I'm a jackhammer man, I love to hear that hard bit ring;
Brrroom, brrroom, brrroom, brrroom, I love to hear that hard bingobling;
I've been down this old road and I'll build it back new again.

Jackhammer jars my shoulders, jackhammer jars my head;
Jackhammer jars my shoulders, jackhammer shivers my head;
I shake and shimmy all night long when I put my little self to bed.

My jackhammer clatters, it bucks, it jumps, it jars;
My jackhammer clatters, it bucks, it jumps, it jars;
My wife kicked me out o'bed, I got to sleep out here under the stars.

I kept on drilling my bit, folks, kept a-hammering right on down your street;
I kept on drilling my bit, folks, kept a-hammering right on down your street;
Found a hard steel woman whose shakin' just can't be beat.

I've got a bit of money saved up workin' on a jackhammer line;
I've got a bit of money saved up workin' on a jackhammer line;
I slide all my money down to the mailbox, shoot it to that women o' mine.

 


© Copyright 1963 (renewed) by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. & TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI)
Available on:

Columbia River Collection
Woody Guthrie

 

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