Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode

This song written and performed by Chuck Berry is not only the most influential song in the history of rock and roll, it is also an icon of the “American Dream”, of going from rags to riches (vom Tellerwäscher zum Millionär). This performance was on American Bandstand in 1965. Chuck Berry is still performing this song today.

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 and write so well
but he could play the 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
or sit beneath a tree by the railroad track
oh the engineers 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 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 goes 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

About Johnny B. Goode

“Johnny B. Goode” was also selected as one of the tracks on the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. The record contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth to any intelligent extraterrestrial life form that may find it. This is President Jimmy Carter’s official statement sent with Voyager:

“We cast this message into the cosmos… Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some — perhaps many — may have inhabited planets and space faring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message: We are trying to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of Galactic Civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.” (More information on Wikipedia)

Watch the video and you’ll see: The extraterrestrials are already among us! So: where can I get a pair of white go-go boots?

englischlernen mit liedern :-) learning english with songs

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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