I wasn't sure what to think about John Henry but after listening to the ballad and reading the lyrics to all the versions of the ballad I found myself not as bored as I thought. I enjoyed this far more than I thought it was a very interesting story/fable. I can see how it could be a fable but there has too be some truth to the story. I feel that what makes it a fable is that John Henry won! I just don't think there is anyway for a man to beat a machine.