Michael J. Fox with Coldplay - Johnny B. Goode - Live in New York 2016

Michael J. Fox with Coldplay - Johnny B. Goode - Live in New York 2016




Written by Chuck Berry in 1955, the song is about an illiterate "country boy" from the New Orleans area, who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell", and who might one day have his "name in lights".Berry acknowledged that the song is partly autobiographical and that the original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play. As well as suggesting that the guitar player is good, the title hints at autobiographic elements, because Berry was born at 2520 Goode Avenue, in St. Louis.


This song was featured in the 1985 time-travel film Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox as "Marty McFly"





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Lyrics


Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans Way back up in the woods among the evergreens There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode Who never ever learned to read or write so well But he could play a guitar just like a-ringin' a bell

Go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Johnny B. Goode

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made People passing by they would stop and say "Oh my what that little country boy could play"

Go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Go Johnny go go Johnny B. Goode

His mother told him "someday you will be a man And you will be the leader of a big old band Many people coming from miles around To hear you play your music when the sun go down Maybe someday your name will be in lights Saying "Johnny B. Goode tonight"

Go go Go Johnny go Go go go Johnny go Go go go Johnny go Go go go Johnny go Go Johnny B. Goode




Songwriters: Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode lyrics © Ole Media Management Lp





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