Johnny has a problem
Johnny is out of control
He had a TV party
With the kids in the black hole
Stealing people's mail
And lynching the landlord
Things to do when angry, young and bored

Johnny was only a lad
Johnny hates the scene
First he hit an old man
Then he hit and run Pauline
The record player spinning the best times
I never had
So why do my old records make me sad?

Cause they're so bad
And no one seems to understand
The glory of guitar
When out of tune
The off-timing
The singers who can't sing
The beauty of luck

He's a teenage vegetable
This is the last resort
He's got PCP in his veins
He lives inside a quart
Johnny is a punk rocker
Johnny is he queer?
Johnny needed two bags
And a car to commandeer
Johnny wasn't liked much
But he had a lot of friends
Waits on stage
Eating ludes
A mindless brainwashed pig
Johnny was a good man
Till the day that he got shot
He had a jacked up chevy
That could blow you off the spot

Johnny always needs
More than he takes
Forgets a couple chords
Forgets a couple breaks
Johnny says he's bound
By only six strings to this world
Johnny questions sellout bands
And Johnny puke-snorts Ritilin
And Johnny is an angry amputee



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  • +6
    General CommentHe had a TV party - Black Flag - TV Party
    With the kids in the black hole - The Adolescents - Kids In The Black Hole
    Stealing people's mail - Dead Kennedy's - Stealing People's Mail
    And lynching the landlord - Dead Kennedy's - Let's Lynch The Landlord
    Things to do when angry, young and bored - Anti-Flag - Angry, Young, And Poor

    Johnny was only a lad - POSSIBLY Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad....a very political cd...not really punk so I don't know on that one.
    Then he hit and run Pauline - X - Johny Hit and Run Paulene

    He's a teenage vegetable - Reagan Youth - Degenerated
    This is the last resort
    He's got PCP in his veins - Reagan Youth - Degenerated (again)
    He lives inside a quart (I'm pretty sure this is supposed to say lives inside of court)
    Johnny is he queer? - The Go-Gos - Johnny Are You Queer?
    Johnny needed two bags - The Vandals - Johnny Two Bags
    Eating ludes - Reagan Youth - Degenerated (AGAIN)
    A mindless brainwashed pig - Reagan Youth - Degenerated (AGAIN)
    Johnny was a good man - Bob Marley - Johnny Was
    Till the day that he got shot - Bob Marley - Johnny Was (still)
    He had a jacked up chevy - Rancid - The Ballad Of Jimmy & Johnny
    That could blow you off the spot - Rancid - The Ballad Of Jimmy & Johnny

    Johnny always needs
    More than he takes
    Forgets a couple chords
    Forgets a couple breaks - All four of these lines are from The Replacements - Johnny's Gonna Die
    Johnny says he's bound
    By only six strings to this world - Both of these lines are from Bouncing Souls - The Ballad Of Johnny X
    Johnny questions sellout bands - Less Than Jake - Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts

    The last two lines I don't know...but they're so random it seems like they'd have to be song references. Anyway, I hope someone appreciates this since it took forever to write out. haha.
    adsfkahsdfon June 14, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is taken directly from inside the compilation album cover of "The Longest EP".

    "If you can't figure out what the lyrics to this song mean, it's cuz they don't mean nothing. It's just an amalgamation of old songs written about Johnny. Probably the most used name in rock n roll. Has no business being on a Rock Against Bush compilation... 'Glass War' woulda made more sence."



    And that's coming from the band itself. Maybe some songs should be left off of "songmeanings.net". Not everything has a meaning, after all.
    CaptainOon September 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDamn, you can't edit past comments or delete old ones or else I would make that look neater. Oh well....what a bunch of shit.
    adsfkahsdfon June 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Johnny says he's bound by only six strings to this world" - Ballad of Johnny x, Bouncing Souls
    "Johnny Quest hates sellout bands" - Johnny Quest thinks we're sell outs , LTJ
    "Johnny needed two bags" - Johnny Two Bags, The vandals

    Anyone know the rest of the references?
    Powerzzzon September 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohnny Puke snorts Ritilin, not Johnny "pux0r"
    The beauty of flaw, not love.
    With that said, + 10 cool points to all you guys & girls out there who figured out that this song is a shitload of lines from & references to punk songs & a band or two- 20 cool points to those of you who refer to the albums as "CDs" LOL It's nice to see younger punkers. As for the "you think what you wanna think" posters out there, do your research before you post. And seriously, enjoy the research. Expand your musical knowledge and expand your knowledge musically. Punk rock is both the best and worst music in history. It's the ringing in the ears and the piss in the eyes of those who would turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the problems of the world. It is the voice of those of us who can see that "something's very, very, very, fucking wrong." And if my language is a little to colorful for you, you'd better go back to your Avril Lavigne and NFG and leave the real stuff for the big kids.
    JerseyPunkeron March 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, I just listened to this song for the first time, and it just has an amazing feel and rhythm to it.
    thankgoditsmondayon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song a lot. i really like the bass line that fat mike plays in the song.
    akira_256on May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like how it referneces a bunch of old punk rock songs by bands like black flag, reagan youth, X (from l.a.), etc.
    akira_256on May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohnny says he's bound
    By only six strings to this world

    BS reference?!?!?!!
    i say so.
    AllStarMeon September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite nofx song. its got a taste of ska in it so thats pretty cool.
    WouldItBeYouon October 07, 2004   Link

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