Johnny 99 Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen

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publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Bruce Springsteen
album: Track 4 in album Nebraska
release date: 1982-9-20
popularity : 17 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Blues Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic/Classic Rock
length: 3:44
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
recorded by: Mike Batlan
guitar: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
barcode: 074643835817
script: Latin

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen Nebraska cover art

Lyrics

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Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
Ralph went out lookin’ for a job but he couldn’t find none
He came home too drunk from mixin’
Tanqueray and wine
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call ’m Johnny 99

Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don’t stop
Johnny’s wavin’ his gun around and threatenin’ to blow his top
When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99

Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown
He came into the courtroom and stared poor Johnny down
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99

A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny’s girl away
His mama stood up and shouted "judge don’t take my boy this way"
Well son you got a statement you’d like to make
Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away

Now judge I got debts no honest man could pay
The bank was holdin’ my mortgage and they was takin’ my house away
Now I ain’t sayin’ that makes me an innocent man
But it was more ’n all this that put that gun in my hand

Well your honor I do believe I’d be better off dead
And if you can take a man’s life for the thoughts that’s in his head
Then won’t you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
And let ’em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line

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Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Nebraska
  • 2 Atlantic City
  • 3 Mansion on the Hill
  • 4 Johnny 99
  • 5 Highway Patrolman
  • 6 State Trooper
  • 7 Used Cars
  • 8 Open All Night
  • 9 My Father's House
  • 10 Reason to Believe