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Johnny B Goode
Chords And Lyrics
On The Acoustic

Johnny B Goode Chords And Lyrics Chuck Berry Songs On Guitar

Hello and welcome to my Johnny B Goode chords and lyrics page. Check out the clip of Chuck Berry below as well as download my free pdf chords and lyrics sheet. There are lyrics to the song here to sing along with and my demo on how I play this on the acoustic. If you need a full lesson, there is purchase link for a small fee.

Johnny B Goode
Chords And Lyrics
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Chuck Berry wrote this song about a coloured boy who could play a guitar like a ring in a bell and dreamed that someday he'd see his name in lights. Growing up in St Louis and living on Goode street, you can see how the title came to be. The word coloured was changed to country to ensure the song received airplay on the radio. This was the spring of 1958 after all. 

The song went on the become a #2 on the R&B charts and a #8 on the Hot 100. But that opening riff wasn't Chucks. He lifted it from a song back in 1946 by Louis Jordan called "Ain't That Just Like A Woman". Look it up on youtube and you'll hear it virtually note for note. Yes rock n roll was happening in 1946, just with a slightly different vibe of the Big Band sound.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = mainly down strokes but I'm throwing in an upstroke as a pause for the right arm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, D, E7

Johnny B Goode Lyrics

Way 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 ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play a 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
Go Go - Johnny B. Goode

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Oh sit beneath a tree by the railroad track
Oh the engineers would see him sittin in the shade
Strummin with the rhythm that the drivers made
Oh people passin' by they would stop and say
Oh my but that little country boy could play

Go Go - Go Johnny Go Go
Go Johnny Go Go Go Johnny Go
Go Go Johnny Go Go
Go Go - Johnny B. Goode

His mother told him 'some day you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big ol' band
Many people comin' from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe some day your name will be in lights sayin
Johnny B. Goode' tonight GO GO GO GO

Go Go - Go Johnny Go Go
Go Johnny Go Go Go Johnny Go
Go Go Johnny Go Go
Go Go - Johnny B. Goode

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Chuck Berry

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry Live In Belgium 1958


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