John Cherokee

John Cherokee

Traditional - As sung by Captain Jesse Schaffer


This is the story of John Cherokee.
Alabama John Cherokee!
An Indian man from Miramichi.
Alabama John Cherokee!

Wey, hey, yah!
Alabama John Cherokee!


John Cherokee was an Indian man.
They made him a slave down in Alabam'.

They made him a slave on a whaling ship.
Time after time they gave him the slip.

They catched him again and they chained him tight.
Kept him chained both the day and night.

Gave him nothing to eat and nothing to drink,
Until his bones began to clink.

Nothing to drink and nothing to eat,
'Til he dropped dead at the captain's feet.

Now his ghost can be seen,
Sitting on the main truck wet and green.