"Johnny Was" as written by and Rita Anderson Marley....
Woman hold her head and cry
'Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray bullet

Woman hold her head and cry
Explaining to her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry (cry)
Wondering
How can she work it out
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
Gift of Jah is life (life)

She cried
Ah-um, I, I know!
Johnny was a good man
I, I know! (never did a thing wrong)
Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good man
(Johnny was good man) He cried, he cried

Wo-ooh! Woman hold her head and cry
As her son had been shot down in the street and died
Just because of the system (system)

Woman hold her head and cry
Comforting her I was passing by
She complained, then she cry

Oh-whoah
yeah, I know now, I know, I know now (Johnny was a good man)
Said I know, hmm (Never did a thing wrong)
(Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care, she cried, (Never did a thing wrong)
Cease towards the child she bear? (Johnny was a good man)
Wo-ho-ho-ooh! Woman cry, woman (Never did a thing wrong)
She cried, wo-oh! She cried, yeah! (Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care
Cease towards the child she bear? (Never did a thing wrong)
Wo-now, cry! (Johnny was a good man)


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"Johnny Was" as written by Rita Anderson Marley

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    General CommentThis is a story about inocent person who died because gang fighting. Brothers, stop fighting, Johnny was a good man, never did a thing wrong!!
    free worldon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with free world. The hell I agree!! Johny was a good man STOP FIGHTING. There's a sick world out there, I know, but we've gotta make it right for our people. *GMCH* 4ever
    coheednrosesmarleyon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with free world. The hell I agree!! Johny was a good man STOP FIGHTING. There's a sick world out there, I know, but we've gotta make it right for our people. *GMCH* 4ever
    coheednrosesmarleyon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuh sure man. it no havin to be gangs or what not. point is a kid die. the world is dangerous. bob no talkin crips, bob no talkin police, he talkin one love. jah live.
    brettonknighton August 15, 2007   Link

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