Bob Marley - Johnny Was Lyrics




(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)





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  1. Owob Marley

    Respect

  2. Winston Byrd

    high tide orra loaowwoew tide

  3. Angus6687

    Listen to this after,
    Elvis - In The Ghetto
    Then Kendrick Lamar - Sing About Me
    2Pac - Changes or It Ain’t Easy

    Interesting story thread

  4. Josh H

    Can a women's tender care...
    cease towards the child she bears?

  5. Jose diaz

    got to love his music for all the tales we hear, especially this master piece. the message on this song is true.

  6. maguette diallo

    Bob the best all the time in this life.iam sure that u will rest in peace forever.A great and a very good man

  7. Joseph Tuitavuki

    The wages of sin is death. But the gift of Jah is life.!!! She explained than she cried;

  8. Carlos Kombo

    Masterpeace 1:23 to 1:59

    Carlos Kombo

    ✨😭✨💗🎷🎤✨

  9. Carlos Kombo

    The one and only
    King Marley!! Johnny was good man 🎻🎤✨

  10. R. Clark

    For all the families who lost their sons and daughters to gun violence especially all the moms. May we all find a little comfort in this song.

  11. Lucas Chaves Moreira

    Johnny was a good man

  12. abdelkrim m

    Juste le plus grand si tes d'accord, like mon ami

  13. Rudolf tj

    He saw it all

  14. Shulk

    This song reminds me of my stay in Canada

  15. Sidious

    The remix with biggie smalls is fucking dope 👌👌👌

  16. bingrim

    Nipsey Hussel rip. Eritrean Yoot 😣

  17. Omar Khatib

    RIP Johnny

  18. Rose Davila

    Bob was the KING of his style

  19. karine smith

    he was one of his kind,the best

    Gilmar Pires

    bob vc , ficara na eternidade suas canções realmente nos retrata a realidade da vda

  20. nartreb

    never did a thing wrong

  21. Mauruz

    I cried to this

  22. Level Annotinggg

    man of faith.............

  23. Aaliyah Naif

    Música da minha infância hj adulta continuo amando e mais ciente q nunca ❤

  24. Rose Davila

    cool mello song forever

  25. Diahann Stevens

    GREAT Mr Marley and Musical Family ,January 2019, still Superb !

  26. Diahann Stevens

    So BEAUTIFUL ! No more tears , book Of REVELATIONS ,ALL 22 CHAPTERS ! REVELATIONS CHAPTER 4 , BEAUTIFUL SONG JANUARY 2019

  27. Aaliyah Naif

    Amo 🙌❤

  28. Rose Davila

    love this song it has so much meaning steve venegas

  29. Fabrice Peeters

    04/01/2019

  30. TUFFRASSA

    yardie brought me here, good movie

  31. christiano lisboa

    2018-2019 Mr. Marley Brasil!!!!

  32. christiano lisboa

    lenda do reggae, jamais será esquecido! From: Brasil

    Gilmar Pires

    vcs q estão curtido ouvindo o grande mestre bob. Eu o acompanho toda sua trajetória desdo primeiro disco : fico só observando comentários , o importante é ver o grande valor q esse astro nos proporciona. em todas camadas de ensinamentos e reconhecimentos q quem valorizar são os q tem bom gosto.

  33. kabeauregardajax

    Much love to Bob, but GREAT to see so many SLF fans here. Respect.

  34. Emmanuel Perilla

    reggae make you feel like you can conquer all the worlds problems

  35. Survival Machine

    Check out my cover of this song https://youtu.be/LewgTpSti60

  36. Ryan Field

    KING. Forever.

  37. SGW

    Sorry but Bob's version of Rita's song is boring!! Stiff Little Fingers do the Ultimate Version!!

    Keith Ponder

    SGW your mother’s sack is boring

  38. Netty Nette

    Rita Marley wrote these lyrics for Bob

  39. Jeffrey Faulkner

    Deep rooted song about every day family life in the hood great song by the Skipper.

  40. Alabama Thorne

    Botham was a good Man.

  41. Debra Byrd

    intoodeep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Fallout Nevah

    Every time I listen Bob Marley it's new as play reggae fi first time. It's amazing!! Jah bless!

  43. Amanda Knopp

    One of my personal FAVES

  44. Debra Byrd

    14 soldiers two women jah jah his life

  45. Ned D.

    I always thought that Stiff Little Fingers originally wrote this.

    Zack Taylor

    The Clash & SLF always covered old ska/reggae songs, it's crazy to find the originals and compare to the covers.

    bugler75

    Jake Burns is a massive reggae fan. They also covered Roots Radicals Rockers and Reggae by Bunny Wailer. All are great 👍

  46. Rodrigo Ball

    This song definetly evocates Toots and the Maytals

  47. Sibulle Vicious

    still little fingers anyone?

    John Barry

    Best version? - Stiff Little Fingers!!!!

    decapitate state

    Stiff little fingers does this song justice

    Ross micheal

    Who tf is that.

    Dubs

    @Ross micheal (Northern) Irish punk band.

    Bk Ninja

    Personally where I am in my life, full of teen angst where I just need to get a punch of energy out, I prefer SLF version. But this is groovy(?) And awesome.

  48. stefano Pelizzoli

    Big Man.

  49. Ziluo Jaiah

    I relate this song to what's going on in America now the police brutality no mother should every have to bury there child .R.i.p to all that lost there lives from police brutality

  50. Unione Suonatori di Base

    Troppo bella

  51. xPHATSNAPSx

    Was just a small kid the first time I heard this record and I could the feel the weight of the loss of Johnny..I was prolly 8

  52. Tom Cads

    Upgrade's fantastic white label got me here. Can't believe I didn't know this song before

    Jamie Paulucci

    Tom Cads yes yes yes , finally someone else knows it, found a full version on YouTube yesterday :)

    Amanda Knopp

    Tom Cads at least you do now-imho, one of Bobs best

  53. Joshua Stephens

    Hold ya Head

    GLOCK 19

    Joshua Stephens notorious B.I.G

  54. Liviu Vasilache

    _Lyrics:_
    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)

    David de Lira

    Brazilian ?

    Pablo Cerdas

    @David de Lira Bless!!

  55. Ali Riley

    I loved this album at 13.....my first reggae album thanks to the public library....super love

    A&L

    Also my introduction to reggae. at about 15.I'm nearly 60 and still listening to it.

  56. jason bley

    Tbyva stray bullet

  57. Ricky M.V

    Just because of the system

    John Smith

    this song is so much more than about the system bamaclyde...Open your mind....

  58. Pablo Fox

    The SLF cover is so much better, unlike a lot of covers. It gives actual passion to what is basically a bland pop reggae song..

    Eron Ackerman

    I agree, that's one of the best covers ever. The lyrics applied well to political conditions in Ireland in the 70s and 80s and are, sadly, still relevant in 21st century America.

    Andrew Kelly

    personally i hated that cover, i know this would seem bland to someone with no taste, but the cover was just a low production recording of a bunch of untalented kids shouting and trying to play their instruments in time. does the song no justice. don't get me wrong, it relates perfectly to the troubles, and being from ireland you would think id like it more, but the fact is that that type of punk rock or whatever you call it is the least talented type of music around, even shitpop takes more skill and creativity to make, and that says alot. lol went on a bit the aye haha no disrespect just dont like SLF :)

    glass4breakfast

    Wow some feircely passionate opinions on this song, I like it.
    I think the SLF cover is great, it kinda makes the song feel n sound alot different, n I totally disagree with that cliche analysis of punk rock, but I also disagree with that statement of reggae as well, I think it can be very soulful n deep n even sad sometimes even though the style doesn't lend itself well to expressing sadness. But hey we all have fucking opinions, why not learn to appreciate that n make the best of it instead of just shitting so over eachother n everything all the time.

    Graham Cooper

    love the slf version not saying this is bad

    Deb

    Bland? I have yet to hear a bland Bob Marley song.

  59. Jack Mehoff

    When I die fuck it I wanna go to hell, cuz I'm a piece of shit it ain't hard to fuckin tell
    Makes no sense me hanging with the goody-goodies dresses in white I like black tims and black hoodies

    PeepTentacion

    Jack Mehoff Suicidal Thoughts is a great song but I think your on the wrong video

    ken tone

    u r not shit

    glass4breakfast

    Lol ok... Thanks for sharing. I'll cya there in hell. It sounds much better than "heaven" anyway.

    Alejandro Romero

    Rarely comment but i was just hearing suicidal thoughts before listening to Johnny Was for the first time

  60. Harry Williams

    Of all the Bob Marley songs, this is possibly his very best , most poignant and soulful renditions.✊

    Deb

    Harry Williams Redemption Song

    Amanda Knopp

    Harry Williams absolutely agree, it’s very moving

  61. let those who ride decides m.c

    Nobody does it better.bob Marley,let those who decide M.C TFFT murupara

  62. Jhon Titor

    Hermosa cancion...cuantos recuerdos de mi ADOLESCENCIA.Recuerdo cuando compraba mis cassetts de bob marly en LIMA - PERU.

  63. Endorphines 3+

    Good memories, early 90s.
    Real hit, thx so much for sharing!!!

  64. Joe Duran

    thank you bob marley for the gems...truly a leader for our people and a real visionary

  65. Neil Duffy

    stiff fingers do it better all ( respect for the talent)

  66. alberts1985

    Blaze sensi

    john pettus

    Amazing man and artist. 1 love

    maguette diallo

    Sensitive and pathétic song makes me cry cause iam mum

  67. Nicola 1973

    Per Domi morto per una bomba vagante. Un abbraccio a Graziella. Jah have 'em in The region!

  68. Negro Hawai

    Excelent song!!

  69. James Denham

    Bob Marley is god

  70. DJ MIGHTY ZION™

    Happy earthday king Bob

  71. federico guidetti

    Respect to Bob Marley & The Wailers

  72. Steve Okeefe

    Johnny Was AMAZING TRACK