"Lost Child" as written by and Michael Ness....
Picked up by the police, only seventeen.
What did he do, what did he say?
His father left him as a little boy,
His mother turned tricks just to buy his toys.
Seventy two hour evaluation
Immediate psychiatric help
But Johnny wasn't crazy
He was just an angry boy
Years later, nothing much has changed.
Liquor, drugs, and gangs have made him a man.
Living in the streets in a world of his own,
He stops and watches his heart turn to stone.
He's an important person now
He's running with a wayward crowd
But Johnny wasn't crazy
He was just a lonely boy
The pain got too great, an eventual suicide,
Fear and anger were trapped deep inside.
If only Johnny could have opened up his heart,
Then me and Johnny wouldn't never had to part.
He's tired of running the vicious circle
He loaded and cocked his .45
But Johnny wasn't crazy
He was just a frightened boy
How many Johnnys must there be?
Oh Johnny,
How I wish you were here.

Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44

"Lost Child" as written by Michael Ness

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    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    enough said.
    Alyssa1224on August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the saddest songs ever, one of the saddest by Social Distortion. I dont know if it's a story telling song or about someone from Mike Ness' past...
    I love how it takes a personal turn at some parts of the song. It shows Johnny from the point of view of an outsider, and then a reminder from the speaker: "But Johnny wasnt crazy, he was just an angry/lonely/frightened boy..."
    And then at the end, it turns into a spoken narrative about Johnny and how he affected the speaker's life, how maybe the speaker wishes they'd remained close and maybe he coulda helped Johnny had he not been pushed away.
    The meaning is pretty self-explanitory, but I love the point-of-view shifts that occur during the course of the song. I think this might be the definitive early Social Distortion song.
    Tig45on June 24, 2012   Link

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