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S10 E12 | CLIP

Del McCoury Band - "John Henry"

Band patriarch Del McCoury has earned a National Heritage Fellowship, induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, GRAMMYs and multiple IBMA awards.

AIRED: June 06, 2021 | 0:07:30
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[APPLAUSE AND CHEERING]

- THERE'S A GUY OVER IN ENGLAND

WROTE THIS SONG, HIS NAME'S RICHARD THOMPSON.

YOU KNOW, HE'S KIND OF A ROCKER OVER THERE.

YA'LL, I KNOW YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS, YEAH,

HE'S A GOOD ONE.

IT'S A LITTLE TUNE ABOUT A MOTORCYCLE AND BLACK LEATHER.

BUT THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS IS THE RED HEADED GIRL.

THERE'S A RED HEADED GIRL, RIGHT THERE, ALRIGHT.

HER NAME IS RED MOLLY.

OKAY.

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ SAID RED MOLLY TO JAMES THAT'S A FINE MOTORBIKE ♪

♪ A GIRL COULD FEEL SPECIAL ON ANY SUCH LIKE ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ SAID JAMES TO RED MOLLY, WELL MY HAT'S OFF TO YOU ♪

♪ IT'S A VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING, 1952 ♪

♪ AND I'VE SEEN YOU AT THE CORNERS AND CAFES IT SEEMS ♪

♪ RED HAIR AND BLACK LEATHER, MY FAVORITE COLOR SCHEME ♪

♪ AND HE PULLED HER ON BEHIND ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ AND DOWN TO KNOXVILLE THEY DID RIDE ♪

[AUDIENCE CHEERS]

♪ SAID JAMES TO RED MOLLY, MY HAT'S OFF TO YOU ♪

♪ IT'S A VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING, 1952 ♪

♪ AND I'VE SEEN YOU AT THE CORNERS AND CAFES IT SEEMS ♪

♪ RED HAIR AND BLACK LEATHER, MY FAVORITE COLOR SCHEME ♪

♪ AND HE PULLED HER ON BEHIND ♪

♪ AND DOWN TO KNOXVILLE THEY DID RIDE ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ SAID JAMES TO RED MOLLY, ♪

♪ HERE'S A RING FOR YOUR RIGHT HAND ♪

♪ BUT I'LL TELL YOU IN EARNEST I'M A DANGEROUS MAN ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ I'VE FOUGHT WITH THE LAW SINCE I WAS SEVENTEEN ♪

♪ I ROBBED MANY A MAN TO GET MY VINCENT MACHINE ♪

♪ NOW I'M 21 YEARS, I MIGHT MAKE 22 ♪

♪ AND I DON'T MIND DYING, FOR THE LOVE OF YOU ♪

♪ AND IF FATE SHOULD BREAK MY STRIDE ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ THEN I'LL GIVE YOU MY VINCENT TO RIDE ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ COME DOWN, COME DOWN, RED MOLLY, ♪

♪ CALLED SERGEANT MCRAE

♪ FOR THEY'VE TAKEN YOUNG JAMES ADIE FOR ARMED ROBBERY ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ SHOTGUN BLAST TO HIS CHEST, LEFT NOTHING INSIDE ♪

♪ OH, COME DOWN, RED MOLLY TO HIS DYING BEDSIDE ♪

♪ WHEN SHE CAME TO THE HOSPITAL, THERE WASN'T MUCH LEFT ♪

♪ HE WAS RUNNING OUT OF ROAD, HE WAS RUNNING OUT OF BREATH ♪

♪ BUT HE SMILED TO SEE HER CRY ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ HE SAID I'LL GIVE YOU MY VINCENT TO RIDE ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ SAYS JAMES, IN MY OPINION, THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS WORLD ♪

♪ BEATS A '52 VINCENT AND A RED HEADED GIRL ♪

♪ NOW, NORTON'S AND INDIAN'S AND GREEVES'S WON'T DO ♪

♪ THEY DON'T HAVE A SOUL LIKE A VINCENT '52 ♪

♪ AND HE REACHED FOR HER HAND AND HE SLIPPED HER THE KEYS ♪

♪ HE SAID I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER USE FOR THESE ♪

♪ I SEE ANGELS ON ARIELS IN LEATHER AND CHROME ♪

♪ SWOOPING DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO CARRY ME HOME... ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ AND HE GAVE HER ONE LAST KISS AND DIED ♪

[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

♪ AND HE GAVE HER HIS VINCENT TO RIDE ♪♪

- OH YEAH!

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

♪ [FAST BLUEGRASS MUSIC]

♪ [FAST BLUEGRASS MUSIC]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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