Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode - Live 1972
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Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode - Live 1972

Updated: Feb 24




"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock-and-roll song written and first recorded by Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit, peaking at number two on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart and number eight on its Hot 100 chart.


"Johnny B. Goode" is considered one of the most recognizable songs in the history of popular music. Credited as "the first rock & roll hit about rock & roll stardom", it has been recorded by many other artists and has received several honors and accolades. The song is also ranked seventh on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".






Lyrics


Deep down 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'd 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 go, Johnny B. Goode


He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack

Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track

The engineerswould 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


Go go, go Johnny go

Go, go Johnny go

Go, go Johnny go

Go, go Johnny go

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 Johnny go

Go, go Johnny go

Go, go Johnny go

Go go, go go, Johnny B. Goode




Songwriters: CHUCK BERRY

Johnny B. Goode lyrics © Sony/ATV Harmony, Fox Film Music Corp., Arc Music Corp., Casa David LP, Arc Music, ARC MUSIC CORP, ISALEE MUSIC COMPANY % M. WM. KRASILOVSKY, ESQ.



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