"Johnny Feelgood" as written by and Phair....
Johnny feel good, Johnny right on
Johnny miss you, Johnny light on
Johnny makes me feel strangely good about myself

Moderation is a memory
Dive right in and let him send me
I could take this in doses large enough to kill

And I never met a man who was so pretty inside
He's got diamonds on the bed of his thumbnails and I
Never realized I was so dirty and dry
Till he knocked me down, started dragging me around
In the back of his convertible car

And I liked it
I liked it more and more

Crimson and clover, soon he's taken over all my senses now

And I never met a man who was so pretty inside
He's got petals on the bed of his sweat sock drawer
And who the fuck am I to criticize him 'cause I really need him now
In fact I'm kinda freaking out
And I'm wondering where the hell you are

Johnny feel good, Johnny right on
Johnny miss you, Johnny light on
Johnny makes me feel strangely good about myself

And I've never met a man I was so crazy about
It kinda has become an obsession to me
I hate him all the time
But I still get up
When he knocks me down
And he orders me around
'Cause it loosens me up
And I can't get enough
And I'd pay to spend the night with him some more

And I liked it
Let me tell you I liked it more and more
I liked it
I liked it, yeah
I really liked it
I liked it
I really, really, really liked it
I really liked it
I can't believe it.

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    General CommentHm...this song means she found the right guy??
    flaminglipsruleon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit's like johnny is that guy you know isn't right for or healthy for you, but you can't leave him and you want him so much even though it's just not right
    roach133on January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe physically abuses her. nowhere near the right guy for her. she hates him in fact, but she's obsessed with him because he is beautiful and he hurts her and it makes her feel better about herself just because she can take the abuse.
    dunnomuchon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...
    She just found out she was into [insanely] kinky sex.
    And fell in love with an unlikely guy, and sex with him.
    ComparedPallidon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on the album, slightly edging out Polyester Bride. I play it at full volume driving down the freeway and sing along.

    I especially like the very end where, almost out of earshot, she says, "I can't believe it".
    mtmooreon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel like its about a really beautiful bloke, who is dirty on the inside, whereas she was dirty on the outside.
    and she loves the kinkiness.
    but her feelings arent healthy. she is obsessed with the sex and him
    i duno tho
    MissLuLiciouson January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who is just amazing! I mean, he blows her away. He's the most beautiful person inside that she's ever seen, but also he has a down and dirty side. She just can't resist him.
    SupahManDudeon January 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's either about losing her virginity to a loser or drugs. I think personally drugs and being addicted and loving them but obviously not actually loving them... they're "abusive"
    JohnnyFeelgoodon August 10, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song was released in 1998, two years after the birth of her son James. The song is about him. The convertible car is his baby carriage. If you've had a small infant, particularly if you are a mother. Look for the small details like "petals on the bed of his sweat sock drawer", and "Moderation is a memory" refers to the late night feedings and the non-stop demands of caring for a baby
    jerrymannon June 21, 2013   Link

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