Original Chuck Berry version

She drew out all her money out of the Southern Trust
And put her little boy aboard a Greyhound bus
Leaving Louisiana for the Golden West
Down came the tears from her happiness
Her own little son named Johnny B. Goode
Was gonna make some motion pictures out in Hollywood

Bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye Johnny
Goodbye Johnny B. Goode

She remembered taking money out from gathering crop
And buying Johnny's guitar at a broker shop
As long as he would play it by the railroad side
And wouldn't get in trouble he was satisfied
But never thought that there would come a day like this
When she would have to give her son a goodbye kiss

Going bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye Johnny
Bye bye Johnny B. Goode

She finally got the letter she was dreaming of
Johnny wrote and told her he had fell in love
As soon as he was married he would bring her back
And build a mansion for 'em by the railroad track
So every time they heard the locomotive roar
They'd be a-standing, a-waving in the kitchen door

Howling bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye Johnny
Goodbye Johnny B. Goode


BYE BYE JOHNNY is a song written by Chuck Berry who originally released it as a single in 1960. The song was also included on his 1960 album Rockin' At The Hops. The above lyrics are for the original Chuck Berry version of BYE BYE JOHNNY as released in 1960.

Chuck Berry -- "Bye Bye Johnny / Worried Life Blues"
Chuck Berry -- "Johnny B. Goode / Worried Life Blues"

7" single – Chess (1754) - USA, 1960
Check berry -- Rockin' At The Hops
Check berry -- Rockin' At The Hops

LP - Chess (LP 1448) - USA, 1960

Bruce Springsteen's Versions

Bruce Springsteen performed BYE BYE JOHNNY live once in 1982. See live 17 Jul 1982 version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BYE BYE JOHNNY on this website:

BYE BYE JOHNNY [Live 17 Jul 1982 version]
BYE BYE JOHNNY [Original Chuck Berry version]

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