"John Henry Split My Heart" as written by and Jason Molina....
I stood on the 66 highway
I stood on the 66 highway
Wysteria, Magnolia beside the green line track
Said Don't Come Back

I found myself standing on the mountain
I found myself standing on the mountain
Beneath my full moon heart
John Henry split this heart, split this full moon heart
John Henry split this heart, split this full moon heart

Swing the heaviest hammer you got
Hit this one out of the park
John Henry split my heart

He says, "Boy what you going to do
With your heart in two?"
"Boy what you going to do
With your heart in two?"

If its good enough
Only if its good enough
If its good enough
But only if its good enough

Half, I'm going to use
To pay this band
Half, I'm saving
'Cause I'm going to owe them


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"John Henry Split My Heart" as written by Jason Molina

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    General CommentFucking amazing, like the perfect song to accompany the perfect Western never made...

    "Half I'm saving 'cause I'm gonna owe him..."
    PhiloMathon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"green line track" is almost certainly a reference to the Chicago L's Green Line, which runs from the far south side into downtown, and then out west into the near suburbs. Since I grew up near the green line tracks, I like this song a lot for that line.
    akagoldfishon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe reprise of the "long dark blues" at the end of this song is fucking perfect. I floored it in my car the first time I heard it.
    eiseyon October 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@akagoldfish and 66 highway is likely a reference to Route 66, which starts with Ogden Ave. in Chicago as well. Jason Molina had a practice space at the time on Lake St. along the Green Line, I think near the intersection with Ogden, so yeah. Totally.
    lehkoston October 15, 2015   Link

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