Steve Earle - Johnny Come Lately Lyrics

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I'm an American, boys, and I've come a long way
Born and bred in the USA
So listen up close, I've got something to say
Boys, I'm buying this round
Well it took a little while, but we're in this fight
And we ain't going home 'til we've done what's right
We're gonna drink Camden Town dry tonight
If I have to spend my last pound

When I first got to London it was pourin' down rain
Met a little girl in the field canteen
Painted het name on the nose of my plane
Six more missions, I'm gone
Well I asked if I could stay and she said that I might
Then the warden came around yelling "turn out the lights"
Death rainin' out of the London night
We made love 'til dawn

But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
They'll be waitin' at the station down in San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home

My P-47 is a pretty good ship
And she took a round comin' cross the channel last trip
I was thinkin' 'bout my baby and letting her rip
Always got me through so far
Well they can ship me all over this great big world
But I'll never find nothing like my North End girl
I'm taking her home with me one day, sir
Soon as we win this war

But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
They'll be waitin' at the station down in San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home

Now my grandaddy sang this song
Told me about London when the Blitz was on
How he married grandma and brought her back home
A hero throughout his land
Now I'm standing on a runway in San Diego
A couple Purple Hearts and I move a little slow
There's nobody here, maybe nobody knows
About a place called Vietnam

But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
They'll be waitin' at the station down in San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Copperhead Road
  • 2 Snake Oil
  • 3 Back to the Wall
  • 4 The Devil's Right Hand
  • 5 Johnny Come Lately
  • 6 Even When I'm Blue
  • 7 You Belong to Me
  • 8 Waiting on You
  • 9 Once You Love
  • 10 Nothing but a Child


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Steve Earle
    album: Track 5 in album Copperhead Road
    release date: 1988-10-17
    popularity : 187 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Country/Country Rock
    length: 4:10
    producer: Steve Earle and Tony Brown
    guest performer: The Pogues
    mixer: Joe Hardy
    recorded by: Chris Birkett
    Album Information
    label: UNI Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 039405000728
    script: Latin