"Johnny B. Goode" as written by Charlie Daniels and Brendan Coker....
Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood an log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play a guitar just like a-ringing a bell

Go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Johnny B. Goode!

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineer would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
The people passing by they would stop and say
"Oh my, but that little country boy could play!"

Go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Johnny B. Goode!

His mother told him, "Someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe some day your name will be in lights
Singing 'Johnny B. Goode Tonight'!"

Go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Go, Johnny, go, go!
Johnny B. Goode!


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  • +5
    General CommentThis is based on Berry's life. It tells the tale of a boy with humble beginnings with a talent for guitar. Some details were changed: Berry was from St. Louis, not Louisiana, and he knew how to read and write very well.
    The line, "That little country boy could play" was originally, "That little colored boy can play." Berry knew he had to change it if he wanted the song played on the radio.
    Berry got the name "Johnny" from Johnnie Johnson, a piano player who collaborated with Berry on many songs.
    Always makes me think of Back to the Future!
    kmk_natashaon March 26, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentChuck. Chuck. It's Marvin - your cousin, Marvin BERRY. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this!
    kmk_natashaon January 03, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song was sent with the Voyager into deep space for any aliens who happen upon it to listen to.
    Sirc12on September 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI knew this has some autobiographic twist, but I always thought that "Johnny" showing up in many songs relates to Johnny Winter.

    I know I'm wrong in this one because of "timing" but I know somewhere else I'm right!
    daisukemanon May 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbrillant
    funkyjazzpunkeron August 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow can I explain how much influence this song has had over rock and roll? TOP.
    BeautifulSoundon June 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLiterally a classic.
    Karlon May 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Rock n' Roll National Anthem.
    kamehameha00on November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe most influential rock'n'roll song ever.
    Comrade_Liaron March 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat the (dagger, sword, heart, exclamation point, heart) is wrong with other people???!!! They always comment on heavy metal, shock jock rockers, along with Eminem, BUT THEY CAN'T RECOGNIZE CHUCK BERRY??!!! I heard he was a great influence to The Ramones, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and much more. I also bet that without him, eminem would run out of sampling material.
    PaulDavidHewsoncolon July 21, 2005   Link

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