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Little Johnny From Down the Street

Wilburn Brothers
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Canzone che dà il titolo all’album di quell’anno, verso la fine della carriera di questo duo country.‎

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E sotto la melodia rassicurante e patriottica del country c’è invece un testo tristissimo che racconta ‎di un ragazzino, tormento e gioia di una piccola comunità, che la guerra in Vietnam ha strappato ‎all’affetto di tutti, anche della piccola Janie – la stessa Janie cui il monello era solito fare terribili ‎dispetti – vedova dell’amore del piccolo Johnny ancor prima di diventarne la sposa…‎
Una canzone sull’inutile sacrificio di quasi 60.000 giovani e giovanissimi americani in una terribile ‎guerra che fu utile solo ad arricchire e rafforzare il Potere politico-militare-industriale statunitense.‎
Who threw a brick through my front glass?‎
Little Johnny from down the street
Who's been diggin' up the courthouse grass?‎
Little Johnny from down the street
Who's been pullin' little Janie's pigtails? ‎
Who filled the whole street up with nails
Turned the neighbors thirty shades of pale?‎
Little Johnny from down the street

I tried to find and whip that kid ‎
but he ran off somewhere and hid
He blames other kids for the things he did ‎
Little Johnny from down the street

Who turned the garter snake loose in school?‎
who put frogs in the swimmin' pool?‎
Who taught the other kids how to cuss
and put little brother on the interstate bus?
Little Johnny from down the street

Who's that boy that's all grown up?‎
Little Johnny from down the street
Who fell head over heels in love?‎
Little Johnny from down the street
Wouldn't you know it's the same little girl ‎
that used to cry when he pulled her curls?
Now Janie thinks Johnny is her whole world ‎
Little Johnny from down the street

Then orders from his country came ‎
he pulled out on the midnight train
Now Janie's cryin' with a different pain ‎
for little Johnny from down the street

Who is it everybody misses now?‎
The neighborhood's quiet where it used to be loud
Who is it won't be coming home ‎
died in a foreign land all alone?
Little Johnny from down the street

For people like me he gave his life ‎
he made the biggest sacrifice
Never had a chance to make Janie his wife
little Johnny from down the street ‎
little Johnny from down the street

inviata da Bartleby - 23/12/2011 - 13:01



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