Johnny B. Goode

Lyrics: Chuck Berry
Music: Chuck Berry

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 learned to read or write so well
But he could play guitar just like a-ringin' 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
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Old engineers would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
When people passed him by, they would stop and say
Oh my, but that little country boy could play


His mother told him someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big ol' band
Many people coming from miles around
Will hear you play your music when the sun goes down
Maybe one day your name will be in lights
Sayin' Johnny B. Goode tonight

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     19 Feb 1971 Three From The Vault
     24 Mar 1971 Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
     30 May 1971 Winterland 1971
      2 Jul 1971 Fillmore: The Last Days
     31 Jul 1971 Road Trips Number 1, Volume 3
      7 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
     21 Oct 1971 Dave's Picks Volume 3
     22 Oct 1971 Dave's Picks Volume 3
     26 Oct 1971 Download Series Vol 3
     15 Nov 1971 Road Trips Number 3, Volume 2
     17 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     17 Nov 1972 Dave's Picks Volume 11
     19 Oct 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 19
      9 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     20 Oct 1974 Grateful Dead Movie (video, DVD & CD)
     28 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
     10 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     12 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     25 May 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 1
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      4 Nov 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 12
     29 Dec 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 10
      3 Feb 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 18
     11 May 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 25
     31 Dec 1978 The Closing Of Winterland (DVD & CD)
     26 Dec 1979 Dick's Picks Vol 5
      6 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     30 Nov 1980 Dave's Picks Volume 8
      3 Apr 1989 Download Series Vol 9
     17 Jul 1989 Downhill From Here (video/DVD only)
     19 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11
New Riders Recording (with Garcia and Weir)
     18 Mar 1973 Felt Forum, NYC

Recordings from Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see


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