"Sentimental Johnny" as written by and David R King Bridget A Regan....
I’m goin’ back to Sentimental Johnny
Cause Sentimental Johnny is your man
Sunshine or rain, the man’s on his game
The Chairman of the boards
He said Jesus, he walks on water
Not like us, he must have been sober
Marching away, on top of his lake
The Savior of all souls

Leave me to die in the wreckage
As soon as it burns, I’ll be gone
I’m goin’ back to Sentimental Johnny (what for?)
To take in all I can (once more!)
To take in all I can (once more!)

Well it was back in good ol’ 57
When Johnny met Elvis in Memphis
Rockin’ on sun
Where it all begun
A story yet to end
And by this time, we’re drinkin’ up a fever
And in me, he has a true believer
If only I could, just for one word
To live it all again

Leave me to die in the wreckage
As soon as it burns, I’ll be gone
I’m goin’ back to Sentimental Johnny (what for?)
To take in all I can (once more!)
To take in all I can (once more!)

Rio, why don’t you meet me down in Rio… again
Down in Rio, the carnival it never ends
Down in Rio, we’ll find a perfect world in Rio… again
Down in Rio, where the women still love their men

Well Johnny, it’s two in the mornin’
Don’t you think, it’s time we should go
Back to our millions of records we love
Back to our sad little homes
That was the last time I saw him
Never, no never no more
I wonder did Jesus, came to redeem him
Save poor Johnny’s ol’ soul
I wonder did Jesus, come to redeem him
Save poor Johnny’s ol’ soul

Leave me to die in the wreckage
As soon as it burns, I’ll be gone
I’m goin’ back to Sentimental Johnny (what for?)
To take in all I can (once more!)
To take in all I can (once more!)


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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented yet, Sentimental Johnny being the best song Flogging molly has ever written (in my not-so-humble opinion) To me, it is about someone's mentor/idol. I think the referenaces to Jesus throughout the song are because Johnny is the paradigm that the singer wants to live up to as many people, and perhaps a personal messiah from one point in the singer's life.
    ncaroppion July 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Johnny Cash.
    MadWorldon June 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definitely about johnny cash.
    "Well it was back in good ol’ 57
    When Johnny met Elvis in Memphis
    Rockin’ on sun"

    Cash signed to sun records in 1957 when elvis was still signed with Sam Phiilips
    vilemon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best, in my opinion. Flogging Molly is one of my favorite bands and I hope they'll sing fo' eva.
    inaudible melodieson June 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the old guy who is in every bar, who spend all his time telling anyone who will listen all the things he has done. When I first heard the song I immediately remembered this old guy who was always bragging about taking care of John Wayne's horse.
    doxon December 15, 2004   Link

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