I left my home in Norfolk Virginia California on my mind I Straddled that Greyhound, and rolled in into Raleigh and all across Carolina
Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill And we never was a minute late We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown Rollin' out of Georgia state
We had motor trouble it turned into a struggle, Half way 'cross Alabam And that 'hound broke down and left us all stranded In downtown Birmingham
Right away, I bought me a through train ticket Ridin' cross Mississippi clean And I was on that midnight flier out of Birmingham Smoking into New Orleans
Somebody help me get out of Louisiana Just help me get to Houston town There are people there who care a little 'bout me And they won't let the poor boy down
Sure as you're born, they bought me a silk suit Put luggage in my hands, And I woke up high over Albuquerque On a jet to the promised land
Workin' on a T-bone steak a la carte Flying over to the Golden State Oh when The pilot told me in thirteen minutes We'd be headin' in the terminal gate
Swing low chariot, come down easy Taxi to the terminal zone Cut your engines, cool your wings And let me make it to the telephone
Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia Tidewater four ten O nine Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin' And the poor boy's on the line
Writer/s: Chuck Berry
Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Brad from ManahawkinThe Elvis version of this song was played in Men In Black when Tommy Lee Jones' character takes Will Smith through the Lincoln Tunnel.
Jennifur Sun from RamonaTony, have to agree about liking Elvis' version better.
Will from Rock Hill, ScYeah, you're right Ern, songs like 'Maybellene', 'Thirty Days', 'School Days', 'Havana Moon', 'Back in the USA', 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'You Can't Catch Me', 'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man' and ALL of his other songs sound like 'Johnny B. Goode'. Listen to his music before you trash it to make Elvis, who never wrote a song, seem better. Chuck influenced nearly every rock guitarist that came after him, so your statement that "Chuck just Blows" is just not true.
Ern from Fresno, CaTony is Right On! Elvis blows this tune outta the water. Chuck just Blows. Every song sounds like Johnny B. Goode! Stuff it Kevin.
Charlie from Bozeman, Mtthe Grateful dead also covered this song playing it live many times.thats how many people came to know this song
Ken from Louisville, KyJames Taylor also did a version of this on his "One Man Dog" album
Kevin from Reading , PaElvis better than Chuck at one of Chuck's own songs? Tony, are you nuts? Or just deaf. The only person I know who ever cut Chuck at one of his songs was "the Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis, who outdid the maestro on "Little Queenie."
Tony from Boston, MaElvis does a much better version in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love Chuck.
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