One of Jump’s best songs. The story of John Henry, one of Jump frontman John Dexter Jones’ ancestors. A merchant seaman during World War One, he survived three sinkings, but never recovered from the trauma. He ended up as a beachcomber, haunted by memories.
Jump get labelled as prog, but despite John Dexter Jones having something in common with Fish in terms of vocal delivery, they’re not really a prog band. Despite being an electric rock band, they’ve got more in common with folk, especially the storytelling lyrical style.