Ooh John Brown
Where you gonna go to now
Ooh John Brown
Where you gonna go to now

I see in your eyes
But I can't see your brain
Something don't look right
Are you going away

I know you can see
Faces in the walls
And, oh, you can hear
Those voices in the halls

But oh John Brown
If you go downtown now
Just be sure
It's the will of the lord

There's a man over yonder
He's as mad as the devil
Of what's become
Of this land

They say a man can only fill
Just so much in his head
Until they start to forget

But oh John Brown
Where you goin now
Oh John Brown
Where you goin now

Ahh ahh ahhh


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    General CommentPeoples without the apostrophe. Cheers.
    tdamcbigityon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjohn brown is that radical aboilitionist in civil war history books known for the pottawatomie (sp) creek slaughter of five pro-slavery whites and the failed harper's ferry raid in virginia. he was captured and hanged for treason. he was also crazy. and a religous fanatic. that should be enough to make sense of the song.
    satansaiddanceon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt interests me that John Brown is painted as such a villain, he definitely could be what some historians say he was, but we still venerate the likes of Robert E. Lee as hero and representative of the people's cause, when Lee was a racist. He led the forces of one of the most greed-infected people's of the ages, people for cash. John Brown, though his methods were extreme, fits the idea of America better than Robert E. Lee, in my mind.
    tdamcbigityon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRobert E. Lee was not a racist. He was anti-slavery and the only reason he led the Confederate Army was because of his loyalty to Virginia. Lincoln offered him the chance to be a general in the Union and he didn't take it because Virginia had already seceded and he couldn't fight against his home state.

    I also find it interesting that John Brown is portrayed so badly in this song. Granted, he was crazy. I don't really know where I'm going with this.
    dontbebanalon December 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"But oh John Brown
    If you go downtown now
    Just be sure
    It's the will of the lord"

    I love this stanza. Many people do not regard John Brown as a martyr for his cause, but a radical and a murderer. John Brown believed, however, that God's purpose for him was to save the African Americans. This stanza is saying, if you go down that road, if you kill, you damn well better know that it really is the will of the lord. This song really fits in with the arguments about "just wars".
    unvdatlvion December 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the lyrics "Ooh John Brown, where you gonna go to now?" seems to be saying, will he go to Heaven or Hell?

    unvdatlvion December 19, 2008   Link

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