Johnny Who

Original acoustic song by Chris Olson.

I remember writing the lyrics to this song whilst working the trains in Plymouth. I was one of the guys behing the counter selling sandwiches at like £8. It was a late night service from London back to Plymouth so it was really quiet.

 

The melody to the song had been with me for several months and I had struggled to get any words to fit the tone of the song. After hearing a story about a man who parked his car on a train line, derailed the train, and killed 7 people, I found myself strangely obsessed with the tale. 

 

I imagined what it must have been like on the train, and then what it must have been like to have been in the car. Johnny Who is who I named the character in my acoustic song, simply to reflect the untold nature of so many tragedies which occur where we don't know the victims or instigators. 

 

Please find below the lyrics to my original acoustic song, and if you want to watch a special video that I prepared (and then added a demo version of Johnny Who) you can find that underneath. It is special because it contains snowflakes!

Lyrics

 

Verse 1

 

He sits alone inside a bar tonight,

And he hopes he don't get in a fight.

Then she walks in,

So he can't win.

 

He parks his car outside his house,

And he watches her undress.

The selfish man,

Has a dark plan.

 

 

Chorus

 

And he can't live on his own,

So far from home.

Johnny Who are

Johnny Who are...

 

 

John

Verse 2

 

He parks his car on the train line,

And he's got it in sight.

The selfish man,

Has a dark plan.

 

Chorus

 

And he can't live on his own,

So far from home.

Johnny Who are

Johnny Who are...

 

Bridge

 

And he sits and he waits,

Cos he's got nothing left,

And he falls to the side,

Of his miserable life.

Johnny Who

 

He killed seven people that night,

That night on the train line.

The selfish man,

We didn't understand.

 

That he can't live on his own,

So far from home.

Johnny Who are

Johnny Who are...

Johnny Who are

Johnny Who are...

 

Outro

 

Johnny who are you

Johnny who are you

 

 

 

 

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