"Johnny" as written by Serj Tankian, Daron V Malakian, Shavo Odajian and John Dolmayan....
Hello, my name is Johnny
Well 'ello, my name is Johnny
I like to explain myself
And I like to complain in vain
Sweet little boy, Johnny
Sweet little boy, Johnny

Let me show you the way to my
Let me show you the way to my
Let me help you explain your mind
Want to help you explain your mind

Hello, my name is Roger
Well 'ello, my name is Roger
I would like to proclaim myself
A god, and likely ordain myself

Sweet little boy, Roger
Sweet little boy, Roger

Let me show you the way to my
Let me show you the way to my
Let me help you explain your mind
Want to help you explain your mind

Let me show you the way to my
Let me show you the way to my
Let me help you explain your mind
Want to help you explain your mind

Sweet little boy, Johnny
Sweet little boy oh no, it's Roger

Let me show you the way to my
Let me show you the way to my
Let me help you explain your mind
Want to help you explain your mind

Let me show you the way to my
Let me show you the way to my
Let me help you explain your mind
Want to help you explain your mind


Lyrics submitted by some1_named_no_1, edited by AngelSwordAF, sg54785, DasFelix

"Johnny" as written by Shavo Odadjian Daron Malakian

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  • +2
    General CommentFeel free to call me wrong, but here's my idea:
    Johnny = America, "I like to exploit myself" represents all the american celebrities being exploited by themselves.
    Roger = England, "I like to proclaim myself a God" represents how England acts like they're better than all other countries.
    "Sweet little boy" represents how each country still acts all innocent and "sweet"
    P.S. I didn't mean to insult these countries, this is just how I interpreted it. The multiple personalities thing is a good idea too.
    imthedrummeron August 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentas much as I like the thought of destroying religion, I feel it has nothing to do with it
    gmh 1 sounds likie he has this song pretty much down
    at least for me, anyway
    marnueson April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dont really know the meaning but the first thing that came up is a Split Personality...

    Let me show you the way to my-this is the johnny side

    Let me show you the way to my-this is the Roger side

    Let me help you explain your mind-johnny trys to explain to his mind that there is also roger

    Want to help you explain your mind-roger want to help the mind to foreclose the split

    just thinking :)
    doron11428on January 08, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really don't know what this song is about. But to get the ball rolling: Johnny and Roger are too messed up characters. Johnny is neurotic and Roger is Arrogant. Perhaps its about abusive sex. Eg., Roger gives little self-abusing Johnny (The sweet little boy) a good rogerring...Roger is the dominant partner who has all the control over Johnny's self perception... This could be a paedophilic relationship... Or it might not mean this at all...
    mycatharsison January 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI beleive that this song is about a shy, calm, underconfident dude named Johnny, whose years and years of being consistantly selfless and agreeable have led to the development of a schizophrenic state, in which an alterego named Roger, who is the exact opposite of Johnny (a highly-srung, violent, irritable and downright crazy mofo) emerges. This leads to Johnny being a seriously messed up dude, but the guy Roger helps him to see that full picture of himself after shutting out the darkness after all this time. Think 'Me, Myself & Irene'.
    My 2 cents.
    gmh1on January 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont think this is the actual meaning of the song, but think extacy.

    "Let me show you the way to mind
    Let me help you explain your mind
    When I help you explain your mind"
    This is personification of extacy, talking to Roger.

    [Johnny is the drug, Roger is the consumer]

    "I like to proclaim myself a god
    And lightly ordain myself"
    This could be a comparison to the feeling when MDMA has been consumed.
    Jeddon February 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont really know what the song is about.....but gmh1 and Jedd....i really like both of ur ideas on it.....thats really clever what u both came up with....they both make sense......im kinda leaning toward the skitzo one....but the drug one is a really good idea too
    suite-peeon April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just thought of something....what if johnny was roger before he took extacy..or hash...i heard it makes u feel godlike or close to god....like, johnny is the sober roger...eh, eh
    suite-peeon April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis could just be my own train of thought but i thought that it could be about how most people try so hard to be something that they're not, that they even end up lying to themselves, and forgetting who they really are. Johnny is the one who deep down inside is just awful and nasty, but on the outside pretends to be a "sweet little boy," and rodger is insecure and so feels that he has to overcompensate for that, still believing himself to be a perfect, "sweet little boy".
    lil_tigress7on April 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNot sure but in this Rodger proclaims himself a god. Could this possibly be Religous groups taking advantage of "johnnys" as they were in explaing them the "truth" about how life works, when in actuallity they are using them for their own gain.
    FreeThinker863on April 18, 2002   Link

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