Lonesome Johnny Blues

Album: Kerosene Hat (1993)

Songfacts®:

  • Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman wrote this song and sang lead. In it, he gets a visit from the Grim Reaper (driving a Chevy), who tells him that he's come claim someone dear to him, leaving Johnny alive, but with the "Lonesome Johnny Blues." In our interview with Hickman, he explained: "Although the melody and feel is kinda lively and upbeat, it was written the week that I lost both my dad and my dog. My first son was also born that week. I guess that mixture of sorrow and joy just got me going."

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