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Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

 

Intro: / Bb - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

       / Eb - - - / - - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

       / F - - - / Eb - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

 

         Bb (4)

Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans,

way back up in the woods among the evergreens

        Eb (2)

There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood,

       Bb (2)

where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode

     F (2)                                           

Who never ever learned to read or write so well,

               Bb (2)

but he could play a guitar just like a-ringin' a bell

 

Chorus:

      Bb (4)

Go go,     go Johnny go go, go Johnny go go

Eb (2)                           Bb (2)

         Go Johnny go go,         go Johnny go go

F (2)                            Bb (2)

       Johnny B. Goode

 

                 Bb (4)

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack,

go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track

            Eb (2)                                           

Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade,

Bb (2)

strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made

       F (2)

The people passing by, they would stop and say,

     Bb (2)

"Oh my, what that little country boy could play"

 

Chorus

 

Solo: / Bb - - - / Eb - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

      / Eb - - - / - - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

      / F - - - / - - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

      / Bb - - - / Eb - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

      / Eb - - - / - - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

      / F - - - / - - - - / Bb - - - / - - - - /

 

      Bb (4)

His mother told him, "Someday you will be a man,

and you will be the leader of a big old band

 Eb (2)         

Many people coming from miles around

    Bb (2)

to hear you play your music when the sun go down

 F (2)                                         

Maybe someday your name will be in lights,

         Bb (2)

saying 'Johnny B. Goode tonight'"

 

Chorus:

      Bb (4)

Go go,     go Johnny go go, go Johnny go go

Eb (2)                           Bb (2)

         Go Johnny go go,         go Johnny go go

F (2)                  Bb (2, hold and of 2 in second measure)

       Johnny B. Goode

 

End

 


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.