You only get a single chance
The rules are very plain
The truth is well concealed inside
The details of the game

You can hear it coming
You can see it from afar
It's pale and it glimmers
Like a faded movie star

And out there in the castle
They're trying to make us scream
By sticking thumb tags in a flash
And canceling the dream

Can you find the Valium
Can you bring them soon
Lost Johnny's out there
Baying at the moon

The time has come for you to choose
You'd better get it right
Pulling girls with sharp white teeth
Are waiting in the night

But you want to really get some
It surely can't be hard
There's always trouble lurking
When you leave your own backyard

And underneath the city
The alligators sing
Of how the fool, he cannot dance
When someone cuts the strings

Can you get the morphine
Try to be so brief
Lost Johnny's out there
Looking for relief

Now Larry looks so evil
And you know he really tries
But every time he makes a play
That vital number dies

And Sally buys her underwear
From a store where no-one goes
She makes it big in photographs
On the strength of what she shows

And here inside the waiting room
The radio still screams
And we're shooting Tuinal
To murder all young dreams

Can you find your credit card
For God's sake make it quick
Lost Johnny's out there
Trying to turn a trick

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by Gumballthechewy, mmonaco

Lost Johnny Lyrics as written by Mick Farren Ian Kilmister

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  • +1
    My InterpretationI always thought it was about living life wasted on drugs all the time. The verses are strange and incoherent but in the chorus he keeps asking to be quick about getting various drugs.
    Gumballthechewyon July 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnreal that nobody has commented on this track in almost 6 years.

    Once of the greatest Motorhead songs ever.
    lightninhopkinson April 19, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about the evil in third world countries
    lostinmetalon December 30, 2006   Link

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