Bye Bye Johnny

Composer: Chuck Berry        Original performer: Chuck Berry (1960)
First release: UK EP, January 1964         First US release: More Hot Rocks, 1972
Recording date: November 1963        Recording location: De Lane Lea Studios, Holborn (London), England
Producer: Andrew Oldham

Performed onstage: 1963-65, 1972, 1986

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Rhythm electric guitar: Brian Jones
Lead electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Keith Richards & Brian Jones
 

Well she drew all her money out from Southern Trust
And put her little boy aboard a Greyhound bus
Leaving Louisiana for the golden West
Down came her tears from her happiness
Her own little son named Johnny B. Goode
Was going to make some motion pictures out in Hollywood
 
Ah bye bye, bye bye
Ah bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye Johnny, bye bye Johnny B. Goode

Well she remembered taking money out from gathering crops
And buying Johnny's guitar at a broker shop
As long as he could play it by the railroad side
And wouldn't get in trouble, she'd be satisfied
But never thought there'd ever come a day like this
When she would gladly give her son a goodbye kiss
 
Now bye bye, bye bye
Now bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye Johnny, bye bye Johnny B. Goode

Yeah


Well she finally got a letter she'd been dreaming of
Johnny wrote and told her he had fell in love
As soon as he was married he would bring her back
And build a mansion for her by the railroad track
And every time they heard the locomotive roar
They'd be a-standing, a-waving in the kitchen door
 
Ah bye bye, bye bye
Ah bye bye, bye bye
Bye bye Johnny, bye bye Johnny B. Goode
 


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