Lost John
Traditional - Woody Guthrie* - Sonny Terry

Here’s the story about ol’ Lost John
Lost John was a boy that got lost from a chain gang
Down in Louisiana

About sixteen bloodhound, so, they took on after him
Sheriffs and deputies and on everybody else in the county, chasin’ him
On across the swamp

Lost John out run the bloodhounds there, all night long
Towards mornin’ he looked up to the tree there
And seen the lights from a house

He didn’t know whether the people inside was friends or enemies
So he wanted to go up to the house
So, and asked if he could stay there to jet away from the bloodhounds

He was afraid if he did go up there that the people
Might set their dogs barking at him or
Shoot him down with a Winchester riffle

This is the story about Lost John
Old Lost John ain’t lost no mo'

* this is the version I recorded

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