She can account for
All of the men in her past
Where they are now, who they married
How many kids they have
She knew their backgrounds
Family and friends
A few she even talks to now and then
But there is one
She can't put her finger on
There is one who never leaves her thoughts
And she thinks his name was John

A chance meeting
A party a few years back
Broad shoulders and blue eyes
His hair was so black
He was a friend of a friend you could say
She let his smile just sweep her away
And in her heart
Oh, she knew that it was wrong
But too mcuh wine and she left his bed at dawn
And she thinks his name was John

Now each day is one day that's left in her life
She won't know love, have a marriage
Or sing lullabies
She lays alone and cries herself to sleep
Cause she let a stranger kill her hopes and her dreams

And all her friends
Say what a pity, what a loss
And in the end, when she was barely hangin' on
All she could say is
She thinks his name was John

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His Name Was John song meanings
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    General CommentThis is an excellent song. I saw her in concert when I was 11. She sang this song, and at the end of the song they had a "grave" raise onto the stage. I didn't really understand the meaning until later, and later find that this song hits so close to home. AIDS is what split my family up, essentially. Wildestdream is right - it doesn't matter how careful you are, one chance taken. Very sad, but excellent song.
    bbson December 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a woman who has a one night stand and gets AIDS. thats sad isn't it?
    P Loon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's sad, but it just means that it doesn't matter how careful you are, one little slip-up and this will be where you of my favorites
    Wildestdream3214on June 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very sad but its real life and people can relate to it.
    down_n_dirty4x4on September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, she shouldnt have had a one night stand huh.
    bossnineon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know this was about Aids untill now, just thought she had quite a heartache... It makes more sence now though.
    tugiton February 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw Reba in concert a while back and in that concert while singing this song she was on a pedalstool and was raised up in the air and all around here was a sheet covered in names and at the end of the song the name John was luminated on all four sides of the stage. Very awesome and talented artist!!
    cookeron November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat's why there are condom vending machines in every gas station bathroom. 75 cents can save your life.
    amymonkeyon June 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow... had no idea the guy had aides...
    Tiffanympmon October 03, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI knew after I heard it a few times what the song was about.

    It was wrong of her to have a one night stand, but sometimes it happens. I have never had one, but then I have been married to two of my three partners.

    It is less heard of women planning a one night stand then a guy, but it does happen.
    kathy97008on October 19, 2010   Link

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