JOHN CHEROKEE

picture of Brett Burnham

Brett Burnham
formerly of Bath, Maine
(now living in Guam)

This is the tale of John Cherokee,
Refrain:  Alabama, John Cherokee,
An Indian man from Miramashee,
Refrain:  Alabama, John Cherokee.

Chorus:
Way, hey, yah umph!
Alabama John Cherokee;
Way, hey, yah umph!
Alabama, John!

Well, they made 'im a slave down in Alabam'...
Run away every chance he can...

Well, they catched 'im an' they chain 'im tight...
Down in the hold without any light...

Well, they kept 'im with no food or drink...
Till his bones they begin to clink...

An' now his ghost it can be seen...
'Round the deckhouse all wet an' green...

At dawn his ghost it goes below...
When the cocks they begin to crow...

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