Well she drew out all her money from the southern trust
And put her little boy on the greyhound bus
Leaving memphis with a guitar in his hand
With a one way ticket to the promised land
Hey little girl with the red dress on
There's party tonight down in memphis down
I'll be going down there if you need a ride
The man on the radio says elvis presley's died
We drove to memphis the sky was hard and black
Up over the ridge came a white cadillac
They drawed out all his money and they laid him in the back
A woman cried from the roadside "oh he's gone, he's gone"
They found him slumped up against the drain
With a whole lotta trouble running through his veins
Bye bye johnny
Johnny bye bye
You didn't have to die
You didn't have to die

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Johnny Bye Bye Lyrics as written by Chuck Berry Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentNot sure when Bruce wrote it, but definitely influenced by Elvis Presley and his untimely passing. Bruce often tells the story of how he tried to climb the fence around Graceland to see Elvis when he was still alive.

    As a big Elvis fan, he wanted to pay tribute. Too bad this song was not released until the Tracks compilation and that it never received any airplay. It's a beautiful song.
    Pirtyfool22on May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhy does he call Elvis "Johnny"?
    theBigXon July 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBruce rewrote a Chuck Berry song - Bye Bye Johnny. And yes, he rewrote it in memoriam of his idol Elvis Presley.
    UnionThugon June 27, 2010   Link

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