JOHNNY B. GOODE

Original Chuck Berry version


Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell

Go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Johnny B. Goode

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

Go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Johnny B. Goode

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

Go go
Go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. Goode


Info

JOHNNY B. GOODE is a song written by Chuck Berry who originally released it as single in 1958. The song was also included on his 1959 album Chuck Berry Is On Top.

Chuck Berry -- "Johnny B. Goode / Around & Around"
Chuck Berry -- "Johnny B. Goode / Around & Around"

7-inch single – Chess (1691) - USA, 1958
Chuck Berry -- Chuck Berry Is On Top (album cover art)
Chuck Berry -- Chuck Berry Is On Top

LP – Chess (LP 1435) - USA, 1959

The above lyrics are for the original Chuck Berry version of JOHNNY B. GOODE as released in 1958.

Springsteen's Versions

Bruce Springsteen performed JOHNNY B. GOODE live a few times in his career. See the live 02 Sep 1995 version for more details.

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]

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