JOHNNY B. GOODE

Live 02 Sep 1995 version


Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Back up in the woods among the evergreens
Stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Never learned to read or write so well
He could play the guitar like a ringing a bell

I said go
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go) I said go
(Go Johnny go go)
Go go
Johnny B. Goode

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Engineers would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
"Oh my that little country boy could play"

I said go
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go) I said go
Johnny B. Goode

[Guitar solos]

Go (go)
Go (go)
Go (go)
Go (go)
Go (go)
Johnny B. Goode

His mother told him, "Someday you gonna be a big man
You'll be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
Hear you play rock when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying 'Johnny B. Goode tonight'"

I said go (go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
(Go Johnny go go)
???!
(Johnny B. Goode)
Alright!


Info

JOHNNY B. GOODE is a song originally released by Chuck Berry in 1958. See the original Chuck Berry version for more details.

Live 02 Sep 1995 version

The above lyrics are for the live 02 Sep 1995 performance of JOHNNY B. GOODE at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, OH, during the Concert For the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The song was performed by Chuck Berry backed by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The concert was broadcast live by various TV stations in the United States.

Ticket stub for the 02 Sep 1995 show at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Ticket stub for the 02 Sep 1995 show at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH

Official Releases

The live 02 Sep 1995 version of JOHNNY B. GOODE appears on 4 official releases.

Various artists -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live: Feelin' Alright
Various artists -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live: Feelin' Alright

DVD - Time Life (24632-X) - USA, 2009

This is part of a nine-volume series that was later repackaged into a 9-DVD box set. This volume includes two tracks on which Bruce Springsteen appears:

  1. I CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE [Live 18 Jan 1989 version]
  2. JOHNNY B. GOODE [Live 02 Sep 1995 version]
Various artists -- The Best Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live
Various artists -- The Best Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live

3xCD - Time Life (26397-D) - USA, 2011

This release includes 10 tracks on which Bruce Springsteen appears:

  1. JOHNNY B. GOODE [Live 02 Sep 1995 version]
  2. I SAW HER STANDING THERE [Live 20 Jan 1988 version]
  3. (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION [Live 20 Jan 1988 version]
  4. IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
  5. GREEN RIVER [Live 12 Jan 1993 version]
  6. WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 12 Jan 1993 version]
  7. BORN ON THE BAYOU [Live 12 Jan 1993 version]
  8. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
  9. THE PROMISED LAND [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
  10. I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR [Live 14 Mar 2005 version]
Various artists -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live Volume 3: 1995
Various artists -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live Volume 3: 1995

Digital album - Time Life (no catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital release, part of a ten-volume series. This volume includes one track on which Bruce Springsteen appears:

  1. JOHNNY B. GOODE [Live 02 Sep 1995 version]
Various artists -- Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live Volume 1
Various artists -- Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live Volume 1

LP - Time Life (31664-Z) - France, 2016
LP - Time Life (31982-Z) - USA, 2016

The second issue (with catalog # 31982-Z) is a "limited Prince Tribute edition on purple vinyl". This release includes 3 tracks on which Bruce Springsteen appears:

  1. JOHNNY B. GOODE [Live 02 Sep 1995 version]
  2. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
  3. (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION [Live 20 Jan 1988 version]

Live History

JOHNNY B. GOODE is known to have been performed at least once during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour, on 28 Apr 1973 in College Park, MD. The song was played by Chuck Berry backed by Bruce Springsteen his bad.

  1. 28 Apr 1973 at Cole Field House, College Park, MD

JOHNNY B. GOODE was performed off-tour on 18 Sep 1982 at Big Man's West in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance with Dave Edmunds.

JOHNNY B. GOODE was performed off-tour on 02 Sep 1995 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, OH, during the concert for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The song was played by Chuck Berry backed by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The live 02 Sep 1995 version of JOHNNY B. GOODE was first released on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live: Feelin' Alright home video in 2009.

JOHNNY B. GOODE was performed off-tour on 02 Apr 2011 at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance at the "Nicky Addeo And Friends Celebrate The Music Of Asbury Park's Westside" concert.

  1. 18 Sep 1982 at Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
  2. 02 Sep 1995 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  3. 02 Apr 2011 at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ

Available Versions

List of available versions of JOHNNY B. GOODE on this website:

JOHNNY B. GOODE [Live 02 Sep 1995 version]
JOHNNY B. GOODE [Original Chuck Berry version]

Page last updated: 29 Dec 2015