Well she drew out all her money from the southern trust And put her little boy on the greyhound bus Leaving memphis with a guitar in his hand With a one way ticket to the promised land Hey little girl with the red dress on There's party tonight down in memphis down I'll be going down there if you need a ride The man on the radio says elvis presley's died We drove to memphis the sky was hard and black Up over the ridge came a white cadillac They drawed out all his money and they laid him in the back A woman cried from the roadside "oh he's gone, he's gone" They found him slumped up against the drain With a whole lotta trouble running through his veins Bye bye johnny Johnny bye bye You didn't have to die You didn't have to die
Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, CHUCK BERRY
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Leo from Westminster 1, MdJohnny Bye Bye is one of the saddest pieces I've heard Springsteen write. Bruce tells the story of a king-let's call him Elvis shall we?- who dies a terrible, selfish and inglorious death that is wholly unnecessary. Presley was one of those figureheads who had it all and lost it and Spring tells it with a sad and unflinching honesty. Michael Jackson suffered the same fate 32 years later. Both of them could not be saved from their own private hell. Presley and Jackson did not have to die!
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