Nine Pound Hammer banjo tabs

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    One of the most popular jam tunes. This version of Nine Pound Hammer is fairly simple and features a lot of of forward rolls, especially in the beginning.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This melodic version of Nine Pound Hammer is very much a variation on the Scruggs arrangement. It maintains the melody while featuring some fancy licks.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A straight-forward down the neck backup version for Nine Pound Hammer. Make sure you use dynamics to fill in between vocal phrasing.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Nine Pound Hammer lyrics

This nine pound hammeris a little too heavy
For my size, honey, for my size

Roll on buddy, don't you roll so slow
Baby, how can I roll when the wheels won't go

Up on the mountain just to see my honey
And I ain't coming back, lord, I ain't coming back

* Refrain

It's a long way to Hazard a long way to Harian
Just to get a little booze, just get a little booz

* Refrain

Ain't one hammer in this tonnel
That rings like mine that rings like mine

* Refrain

It rings like silver and shines like gold
It rings like silver and shines like gold

* Refrain

Somebody stole my nine pound hammer
They've took it and gone, they've took it and gone

* Refrain

That nine pound hammer that killed John Henry
Ain't a gonna kill me, ain't a gonna kill me

* Refrain