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Johnny B. Goode
Marty McFly with The Starlighters Lyrics


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

Chorus:
Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track
The engineers could see him sittin' in the shade
Strummin'to the rhythm that the driver made
The people passing by you know they stop and say
"Oh, my, that little country boy sure could play"

Repeat Chorus:
Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

Instrumental:

Well his mama told him, "One day you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
People gonna come from miles around
To listen to you play till the sun goes down
And one day maybe your name gonna be in lights
A-sayin' 'Johnny B Goode tonight'"

Last Chorus:
Go! Go! Go! Go!Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B Goode
Oh Go! Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!

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Lyrics:


Way down in Louisiana
Down in 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
He could play a guitar just like he's ringing a bell

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

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack,
and sit beneath the trees by the railroad track
The engineer could see him sitting in the shade,
strumming to the rhythm that the driver made
People passing by and always stop and say,
"Oh my! That little country boy sure can play!"

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

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

Well, his mama told him,
"One day you will be a man,
and you will be the leader of a big old band.
People gonna come from miles around
to listen to you playing til the sun goes down.
And one day maybe your name gonna be in the lights,
saying 'Johnny B. Goode tonight.'"

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

Oh, no, go
Go, Johnny, go
Go, go
Johnny, go
Go, go
Go, Johnny, go
Go, go
Johnny,
Go, go...



Mateus Martins

Way down Louisiana now in New Orleans,
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens...
There stood a long cabin made of earth and wood,
Where lived a country boy name of Johnny B. Goode...
He never ever learned to read or write so well,
But he could play the guitar just like he's ringing bell.

Go Go
Go Johnny Go
Go Go
Johny be good

He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track.
Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade,
stoping to the rhythm that the drivers made.
People passing by would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy sure can play

Go Go
Go Johnny Go
Go Go
Johny be good

Well, His mama told him one day he will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people gonna come from miles around
To listen to him play until the sun goes down
And one day maybe your name would be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight.



Adrian Cabrera

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

Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track
The engineers could see him sittin' in the shade
Strummin'to the rhythm that the driver made
The people passing by you know they stop and say
"Oh, my, that little country boy sure could play"

Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B. Goode!

Well his mama told him, "One day you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
People gonna come from miles around
To listen to you play till the sun goes down
And one day maybe your name gonna be in lights
A-sayin' 'Johnny B Goode tonight'"

Go! Go! Go! Go!Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Johnny B Goode
Oh Go! Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!
Go! Johnny! Go! Go! Go! Go! Johnny! Go! Go!



All comments from YouTube:

Myath 87

A parallel universe where Marty doesn’t go crazy and finishes the song

Keagan Panse

Ikr i got scared for him when he did that in the movie 🤣🤣🤣

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😂

Venom Skywalker

I liked it when he hit the guitar twice like all the strings at once from there was good

Ryan Smith

Alright, guys, this is a blues riff in B. Watch me for the changes, and try to keep up.

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Happy PAPI

@Mike Chase Also during "Earth Angel" they were playing in the key of E and the first fret had a capo but was more or less playing bar chords to get the higher voicings

Mike Chase

ah a great spot, never noticed that :) I just watched his clip in the BTTF film and he is indeed playing a B power Chord (obv an A# chord in reality due to the half step down tuning) I guess as the rest of the band would have known it was tuned down half a step then this line works now!

Happy PAPI

@Abdul Zuher You trace rock n rolls roots back far enough it all goes back to the blues eventually. That chord progression is technically 12 bar blues (I for 4 bars, IV for two bars, back to I for two bars, V for two bars, then back to I for another two).

Happy PAPI

@Mike Chase well, it is B tuned down a half step...he was playing it as if it was B but it was A#/B flat. A lot of guitarists do that...tune down a half step so they don't have to transpose and preserve their voice. Some find the intonation is nicer and you get a slightly thicker tone depending on the string gauge, intonation, pedal chain.

Mike Chase

@EBISU 88 for sure, A#/Bb same. I've always had a preference of calling them by the sharps instead of the flats

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