Johnny Was Lyrics

Bob Marley


album: Track in album Songs of Freedom
release date: 1999
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Reggae Funk / Soul Folk, World, & Country
styles: Reggae/Ska/Rocksteady/Roots Reggae/Lovers Rock/Contemporary/Acoustic/African/Soul
length: 3:48
lead vocals: Bob Marley
lyricist: Rita Marley
composer: Rita Marley

Cover Art

Bob Marley Songs of Freedom cover art
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(wo-o-o-o! wo-o-o-o! wooo!)
Woman hold her head and cry,
Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray bullet.

Woman hold her head and cry;
Explaining to her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry (cry)
Wondering how can she work it out,
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
Gift of jah is life. (life)
She cried: ah-um, I - I know!
"Johnny was a good man," I - I know! (never did a thing wrong)
"Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good,
Good, good, good man", (Johnny was good man)
She cried - she crie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ied!

Wo-ooh! woman hold her head and cry,
As her son had been shot down in the street and died
Just because of the system. (system)

Woman hold her head and cry;
Comforting her I was passing by.
She complained, then she cry:
Oh-ooh-wo-ah, cry (ah-ah), yeah, I know now (ah-ah),
No I know, I know now: (Johnny was a good man)
Said I know, mm-mm-mm-mm-mm. (never did a thing wrong)
Ah! ah! (Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care, she cried, (never did a thing wrong)
Cease towards the child she bear? (Johnny was a good man)
Wo-ho-ho-ooh! woman cry, woman - (never did a thing wrong)
She cried, wo-oh! she cried, yeah! (Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care
Cease towards the child she bear? (never did a thing wrong)
Wo-now, cry! (Johnny was a good man)


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Judge Not
  • 2 One Cup of Coffe
  • 3 Simmer Down
  • 4 I’m Still Waiting
  • 5 One Love / People Get Ready (original)
  • 6 Put It On
  • 7 Bus Dem Shut (Pyaka)
  • 8 Mellow Mood (original)
  • 9 Bend Down Low
  • 10 Hypocrites
  • 11 Stir It Up (original)
  • 12 Nice Time
  • 13 Thank You Lord (original)
  • 14 Hammer
  • 15 Caution
  • 16 Back Out
  • 17 Soul Shake Down Party
  • 18 Do It Twice
  • 19 Soul Rebel
  • 20 Sun Is Shining
  • 21 Don’t Rock the Boat
  • 22 Small Axe
  • 23 Duppy Conqueror
  • 24 Mr. Brown
    CD 2
  • 1 Screw Face
  • 2 Lick Samba
  • 3 Trenchtown Rock (alternate mix)
  • 4 Craven Choke Puppy
  • 5 Guava Jelly
  • 6 Acoustic Medley: a) Guava Jelly b) This Train c) Cornerstone d) Comma Comma e) Dewdrops f) Stir It Up g) I’m Hurting Inside
  • 7 I’m Hurting Inside (alternate mix)
  • 8 High Tide or Low Tide
  • 9 Slave Driver
  • 10 No More Trouble
  • 11 Concrete Jungle
  • 12 Get Up Stand Up
  • 13 Rastaman Chant
  • 14 Burnin’ and Lootin’
  • 15 Iron Lion Zion
  • 16 Lively Up Yourself
  • 17 Natty Dread
  • 18 I Shot the Sheriff (live)
    CD 3
  • 1 No Woman No Cry (live at the Roxy)
  • 2 Who the Cap Fit
  • 3 Jah Live
  • 4 Crazy Baldheads
  • 5 War
  • 6 Johnny Was
  • 7 Rat Race
  • 8 Jammin’ (12″ mix)
  • 9 Waiting in Vain (advert mix)
  • 10 Exodus (12″ mix)
  • 11 Natural Mystic
  • 12 Three Little Birds (alternate mix)
  • 13 Running Away
  • 14 Keep on Moving (London version)
  • 15 Easy Skanking
  • 16 Is This Love (Horns mix)
  • 17 Smile Jamaica
  • 18 Time Will Tell
    CD 4
  • 1 Africa Unite
  • 2 Survival
  • 3 One Drop
  • 4 One Dub
  • 5 Zimbabwe
  • 6 So Much Trouble in the World
  • 7 Ride Natty Ride (12″ mix)
  • 8 Babylon System
  • 9 Coming in From the Cold (12″ mix)
  • 10 Real Situation
  • 11 Bad Card
  • 12 Could You Be Loved (12″ mix)
  • 13 Forever Loving Jah
  • 14 Rastaman Live Up
  • 15 Give Thanks and Praise
  • 16 One Love / People Get Ready (12″ mix)
  • 17 Why Should I
  • 18 Redemption Song (live in Pittsburgh)