"Be Good Johnny" as written by and Colin James/ham Hay....
Skip de skip, up the road
Off to school we go
"Don't you be a bad boy Johnny
Don't you slip up

Or play the fool"
"Oh no Ma, Oh no Da,
I'll be your golden boy
I will obey ev'ry golden rule"

Get told by the teacher
Not to day-dream
Told by my mother:

Be good Be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good be good (Johnny)
Be good be good

Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good (Johnny)
Be good be good.

"Are you going to play football this year, John?"
"No!"
"Oh, well you must be going to play cricket this year then,
Are you Johnny?"
"No! no! no!"
"Boy, you sure are a funny kid, Johnny, but I like you! So tell me,
What kind of a boy are you, John?"

I only like dreaming
All the day long
Where no one is screaming

Be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good be good (Johnny)
Be good be good

Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good

Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good

Be good be good be good
Be good be good be good
Johnny!


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"Be Good Johnny" as written by Colin James Hay Gregory Ham

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  • +2
    General CommentA boy going outside the box.
    Nacon May 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClassic Men At Work!
    GromReaperon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentc'mon ppl this is a great song i luvs it
    jackisswishon March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow can this song only have 2 comments.... great song about how a kid just wants to get out and does what he has to to do so, hes a dreamer with only that to keep him sane
    lineandsinker62on September 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjust a bout a kid who feels he has too much pressure on him. Stupendous song, though
    burningskyon October 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThere's one little brilliant thing about this song. My thoughts.

    A kid is told to "be good" through repetition. Simple enough. Millions of things that could mean, the repetition is the important part. Kid promises to be good, who doesn't want their parent's approval. Then, we learn the kid doesn't care about any of that. Johnny talks about how he only likes dreaming, something he was specifically told wasn't good. The "be good be good" comes back after this for a round. Johnny repeats what he said about dreaming.

    This is the interesting part. Something you won't see in the lyrics--the lack of them.
    The tune kicks back in again, but the "be good be GOOD" is gone. I don't know about you, but at this point, I can't NOT hear the "be good be good" repeated somewhere in the back of my mind, for a few bars at least. It shows how being told something again and again can stick around in your mind, even when no one's saying it anymore. Even if you don't want it there.
    Yudamanon February 18, 2017   Link

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