Johnny Winter "Johnny B. Goode" Live
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Johnny Winter "Johnny B. Goode" Live

Updated: Jul 3



Johnny Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1944. He and younger brother Edgar (born 1946) were nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits. Their father, Leland, Mississippi, native John Dawson Winter, Jr. (1909–2001), was also a musician who played saxophone and guitar and sang at churches, weddings, Kiwanis and Rotary Club gatherings. Johnny and his brother, both of whom were born with albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten years old, the brothers appeared on a local children's show with Johnny playing ukulele.


Johnny Winter recorded his second album, Second Winter, in Nashville in 1969. The two-record album, which only had three recorded sides (the fourth was blank), introduced a couple more staples of Winter's concerts, including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited".




Lyrics


Way 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

He never ever learned to read or write so well

But he could play a guitar just like ringing a bell


Go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Johnny B. Goode


He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack

Sit beneath the trees by the railroad track

Oh, sit beneath the trees, linger in the shade

Strummin' with the rhythm that the drivers made

People passing by, they would stop and say

"Oh my, but that country boy can play!"


Go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go!

Now, Johnny B. Goode


Oh, come on Johnny, do it!


Oh, look out!


His mother told him someday he would be a man

And he would be the leader of a rock'n'roll band

Oh, many people coming from miles around

Hear him play his guitar when the sun go down

Maybe someday your name would be in lights

Saying "Johnny B. Goode tonight!"


Go, go!

Go Johnny go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go Johnny go, go, go!

Go, go, Johnny B. Goode!



Songwriters: Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Entertainment One U.S. Lp




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