"Johnny and Mary (Robert Palmer cover) " as written by and Robert Allan Palmer....
Johnny's always running around, trying to find certainty.
He needs all the world to confirm, that he ain't lonely

Mary counts walls, knows he tires easily

Johnny thinks the world would be right, if it would buy, truth from him.
Mary says he changes his mind, more than a woman.

But she made her bed, even when the chance was slim.

Johnny says he's willing to learn, when he decides, he's a fool.
Johnny say's he'll live any where, when he earns time to.

Mary combs her hair, says she should be use to it.

Mary always edges her bets, she never knows, what to think.
She says that he still acts, like he's being discovered.

Scared that he'll get caught, without a second thought

Johnny feels he's wasting his breath, trying to talk, sense to her
Mary says he's lacking a real, sense of proportion
So she combs her hair, knows he tires easily

Johnny's always running around, trying to find certainty.
He needs all the world to confirm, that he ain't lonely

Mary counts walls, says she should be use to it


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"Johnny and Mary" as written by Robert Allan Palmer

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    General Commentthis song is about my parents!
    jimmytheexploderon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti still don't really have a clear idea....but yeah it sounds like dissatisfied marriage. and the way that lots of marriages break down cause they feel they can't talk about it
    ladyboygrrlon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment*nods* I think it's any relationship, really... i mean, there's passion, but a lot of dissatisfaction, and the beginnings of apathy. I think this song's got a great beat and Brian's voice is marvelous. So catchy- I really love their covers.
    anemic_knifeprtyon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrepressed sexuality!!!!!!!!
    Billy_Liaron May 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWicked song, it's about a crappy relationship and the two people unsure of what to do.
    River Wolfon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRobert Palmer cover, althought he didn't write the lyrics he probably had reasons for covering this song! =)
    Nervosa00on December 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commenttypical american relationship these days, i'd say.
    mourningthebestofmeon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it seems like Johnny is a musician or an artist or a writier of sorts, but one whose ego makes him think he's better than he is.

    "Mary counts walls, knows he tires easily"
    To me, I think that's about their sex life. She fakes everything but is never satisfied because he doesn't have the stamina.
    IcarusIncarnateon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs Robery Palmer's original version of this song anywhere near as good as Placebo's cover version?
    releaseme88on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentreleaseme88, it's different. I can't say which one is "better" because they're appealing to different groups of listeners and more than likely mean something different to Robert Palmer and Placebo.
    IcarusIncarnateon January 19, 2006   Link

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