Johnny

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lyrics

I clap my hands at the break of day
Hug my children, watch ‘em play
Their sunken eyes and baggy clothes

I ain’t seen rain in a month or more
I’m gonna smile like I did before
Dust was in the air and in our home.

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Let’s leave this dusty town for the coast

Big dust cloud, we live and breathe
Pretend that we have enough to eat
Johnny said we’re losing the farm

The crops are gone, the land is dead
And they’re taking all that we have left
The tractor, the horses and the barn

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Lets leave this dusty town for the coast

The dust in my eyes is burnin’
Deep down my soul’s been hurtin’
Oh please don’t fail me now
So if I die or disappear
Jesus, just don’t leave me here tonight.

Oh Johnny…

We pack our bags with clothes and books
And wait in the dark, no one’s looking
Hop in the back of a cargo train

The children say they’re scared and I say
Hold your tears, almost there
California’s not so far away.

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Lets leave this dusty town for the coast
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Lets leave this dusty town for the coast.

credits

from Black Trees, track released August 27, 2013
Written by Julie Kathryn and Felix McTeigue.
Julie Kathryn – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jason Maksymilian – acoustic and electric guitar
Raymond Russell – bass
John O’Reilly, Jr. – drums and percussion
Concetta Abbate – backing vocals, violin
Felix McTeigue – keyboards

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