Chuck Berry — Johnny B. Goode
Album: Chuck Berry Is on Top
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Released: 1955
Length: 2:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 ringing 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 engineer would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
The people passing by, they would stop and say
Oh my, but 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 ol' band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name'll 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
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 jmsmy wrote:
Voyager - Hopefully "Johnny B. Goode" will keep hostile aliens away while getting the Party Aliens to come. 

 
This reminds me of the Voyager coverage on SNL News - Dan Aykroyd reads the first-ever message from Aliens:
"Send more Chuck Berry."
awesome banter, Bill G, give us more!
To me a STRONG 8- Most Excellent  
Chuck Berry always demanded cash for performances. My Man
Ah,  the father of rock n roll
Fills the diverse RP universe nicely...   
Voyager - Hopefully "Johnny B. Goode" will keep hostile aliens away while getting the Party Aliens to come. 
It's amazing how many guitarists use Chuck Berry riffs to this day.
 rharvey658 wrote:
"Hey Chuck, this is Marvin ... Your cousin?, Marvin Berry?  You know that sound you been lookin' for?  Listen to this!!!" 
RIP Mr. Berry.

 
That's exactly what I feel every time I hear this opening riff. The warm fuzzy feeling of seeing Back to the Future on a rainy sunday afternoon. Priceless.
"Hey Chuck, this is Marvin ... Your cousin?, Marvin Berry?  You know that sound you been lookin' for?  Listen to this!!!" 
RIP Mr. Berry.
just gave him a 10 for his legacy
RIP Chuck, no one like you..this one set the standard of R&R
Thanks for lighting the fire Chuck.  {#Bananajam}
The Devil's music.   Best listened to when young children are not around. 
will be missed
RIP Chuck!
A true rock n roll legend go johnny go
Belated Happy 90th to Chuck..Rolling Stone has an interesting article this week written by Peter Guralnick. 
 lemmoth wrote:

The song actually came our in '58, making it only slightly younger than me :-)
 
Indeed, the date in the RP database is incorrect. The “Chuck Berry is on top” album wasn't even released until 1959.
Still among the best rock n roll guitar solos of all time - timeless!!