Song Lyric Sunday: Musical Instruments – ‘Johnny B Goode’

Entries for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday should make reference to musical instruments. Right then, here is Chuck Berry’s seminal rock ‘n roll classic – the tale of a young guitar prodigy. You may have heard it before….

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 a 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 engineer would see him sittin’ in the shade
Strummin’ with the rhythm that the drivers made
The people passing by, they would stop and say
“Oh my, but 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 ol’ band
Many people comin’ from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name’ll be in lights
Sayin’ ‘Johnny B. Goode tonight!'”

Written by Chuck Berry

There are few finer things in life, musically, than a Grateful Dead encore featuring Johnny B Goode’. And, as Jerry rightly says in introducing this: ‘Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about’

Song Lyric Sunday 13 March 2022

2 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Musical Instruments – ‘Johnny B Goode’

  1. This is probably the best guitar song ever written. This song is based on Chuck Berry’s life. Johnny B. Goode is now some 13 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 38,000 mph aboard NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe, being part of the Golden Record.

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