"Johnny's Gonna Die" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Johnny always takes more than he needs
Knows a couple chords, knows a couple leads
Johnny always needs more than he takes
Forgets a couple of chords, forgets a couple of breaks
And everybody tells me Johnny is hot
Johnny needs something that he ain't got

And Johnny's gonna die
Johnny's gonna die
Johnny's gonna die

Everybody stares and everybody hoots
Johnny always needs more than he shoots
Standing by a beach and there ain't no lake
He's got friends without no guts, friends that never ache
In New York City, I guess it's cool when it's dark
There's one sure way Johnny you can leave your mark


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"Johnny's Gonna Die" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    General CommentIt's about Johnny Thunders of the Heartbreakers and New York Dolls. He's known notoriously for being addicted to smack causing fuckups in his performance. Oh yeah, and Johnny did, unfortunately, die.
    Sick Boyon December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSadly so did Bob. Following the same path.
    Okolemonon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSadly so did Bob. Following the same path.
    Okolemonon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJohnny Thunders died under terms that suggest it was NOT drug related, (though if only maby from years of prolonged use rather than an OD) but foul play was suspected as well.
    elwoood13on May 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think artists have used the name "Johnny" as an ambiguous term for troubled rockstar any town anywhere as a culmination of Johnny B Goode (known to be covered by J.Hendrix as well) Johnny Cash, Suicide: "Johnny" is the first single by Suicide from their 1977 self-titled album. Knopfler's subject Johnny in "Walk of life" is a spot on example of this.
    elwoood13on May 25, 2013   Link

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