Seger, Bob - East Side Story Lyrics




Beneath the bare light bulb above
She gazed into the eyes of love
Bathed in the dirty neon lights
She begged him "don't go out tonight"
If we work out somehow maybe
We could find a way out baby
And he laughed and said "I got to go"

And she cried "no"
Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny Johnny no

His arms were warm and strong and young
"I promise I won't hurt no one"
"Oh baby when you gonna learn,
Them folks uptown got bread to burn,

When they see me flash my knife,
They'll be fearin' for their live,
They won't give me trouble this I know"
And she cried no
Oh Johnny Johnny no
Johnny Johnny no

[organ solo]

The night passed like a thousand years
The tenemant room had culled her tears
Then came a knock upon the door
Two men she'd never seen before

"Did you know Johnny Brown miss?
We hate to tell you this but
Has he a relative you know?"
And she cried no
Oh Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny why'd you go?





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  1. DenimDingus YEET

    Beneath the bare light bulb above
    She gazed into the eyes of love
    Bathed in the dirty neon lights
    She begged him "don't go out tonight"
    If we work out somehow maybe
    We could find a way out baby
    And he laughed and said "I got to go"
    And she cried "no"
    Johnny Johnny no
    Oh Johnny Johnny no
    His arms were warm and strong and young
    "I promise I won't hurt no one"
    "Oh baby when you gonna learn,
    Them folks uptown got bread to burn,
    When they see me flash my knife,
    They'll be fearin' for their live,
    They won't give me trouble this I know"
    And she cried no
    Oh Johnny Johnny no
    Johnny Johnny no
    The night passed like a thousand years
    The tenemant room had culled her tears
    Then came a knock upon the door
    Two men she'd never seen before
    "Did you know Johnny Brown miss?
    We hate to tell you this but
    Has he a relative you know?"
    And she cried no
    Oh Johnny Johnny no
    Oh Johnny why'd you go?

  2. Keith Sage

    Look at this kid. Has he started shaving yet?

  3. diann CLEMENS

    Gosh with Robin Seymour of CKLW introducing him. He was so Hot!!

  4. John Hintz

    Robin Seymour. Swingin Time!Happy Birthday Bob!..📺🎸🎂

  5. Cora Visser

    Keep on rocking on this music.super.

  6. Don Gilbert

    I forgive Bob for ripping off "Gloria" since he a) admitted his influence, and b) wrote so many better songs than "Gloria" afterward.

    StArBuRsT

    @Don Gilbert Half the songs in rock are a rip off of Gloria

    StArBuRsT

    @Steve Jonesin' [E   AD] that's all it is

    DigiSphere

    +Don Gilbert Way better song than Gloria.

    KiLLeRHAnDs

    Exactly my thoughts when I heard it, but goddam good!!

  7. Tom Hardenbergh

    Rock On!

  8. Deborah Hicks

    Love Bob Seger. I saw him play at Lakeshore H.S. back in 1966!

    Jeff Nicely

    saw them at cousino hs .

  9. MetalGuruMessiah

    Typically amazing vocal performance from Bob!

    MrMrwilson11

    Given he was lip syncing to the album yes it was!

  10. Gail Maison

    no mikes ...everything was lip synched back then.....Bob, however....sounded GREAT live ....I saw him do this song in 1968 or so....Notre Dame High School dance...WOW !!...I don't think this song ever left Michigan...just like Bob...forever a Michigan boy...

    Kenneth Yuchasz

    @Nun Ya Pine Knob on the hill was always a great place to be!  Saw over 70 shows there the summer I graduated from Brandon.... no comment how we got in so many times :)

    Nun Ya

    Many a show myself, though not approaching your lucky total--Party on the hill--marshmallow fights and all.

    WambliPeta

    @Nun Ya I never got to go to the "hill". At least some kids did :) I envy you seeing Bob at the knob ;)

    Nun Ya

    Bob at the Knob...that's very Michigan, too. The whole H.S. dance experience in '68 surpasses, WambliPeta.

    PEACE.

    WambliPeta

    @Nun Ya
     Back at ya brother. Thank you :)

  11. Gail Maison

    Bob is 21 in this video...he does look 16....I was 11...and in love with him....

  12. TheRealFearlessFreep

    Dan Honaker.

    ashlee smith

    Dan was my grandpa I'm Josh his only grandson my grandpa was a amazing man

  13. steve bardill

    man he looks like he 16 great clip

  14. dudley mills

    bobby, bobby, god he was so amazing

  15. steve bardill

    that is a great early vidio of him you can see it him

  16. Mike Gormley

    Psychotic Reaction meets Animals. But Seger's voice is powerful.

  17. ilpunitore

    I was thinking it was more like Gloria by Them, but that's pretty close to the Animals....the part where he sings "Johnny, Johnny, no..." sounds like the prechorus to It's My Life, though, so you're on to something there...

  18. Nycholas17

    Great sound. Rockin' song. Damn, Seger goes WAY back! He's made so much great music for so long. Totally underrated.

  19. J Montgomery

    Great song, thanks for posting this. I see Bob and Pep but is that Dan on the bass?

  20. metalmikeinoakland

    always loved this cameo/parkway 45, this is THE GREATEST ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS KINDA TUNE EVER WRITTEN. which is to say, as great or greater than any 45 ever recorded during the 1964-1969 "beatles/stones 60's" etc.

  21. pmtiny

    great footage!

  22. emriederekify

    @wallosund Hey, didn't say there was anything wrong with trying to sound like another artists, being inspired by other artists...there'd be nearly no new artists if that were the case...for what has been, is what will be (probably Ch. 3 of Ecclesiastes Holy Bible). I love this version, I love Van Morrison's also. Yeah, of course a lot of 60's bands sounded quite similiar, a lot of 2000/2010 bands sound quite similiar as well, it's called "style" or "fads", dig??

  23. John E Brown

    gritty fuzz great era of Rockin'

  24. poisonsunshine

    were's the microphone?

  25. fuckyoutube

    this may be hands down the best Seger vid ever, been a lifelong fan but never
    heard this my new fav song

  26. American Born Patriot.

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  27. Katie Rettinger

    this is amazing, thanks for sharing! =)

  28. Derek Emrie

    Trying to sound like THEM (Van Morrison's early band), of course Bob admitted on live recordings to owing a large debt for inspiration to Van the Man!

  29. angels4bobseger

    I can never forget The Sugar Shack in Columbus, Ohio. This was such a long time ago. Thanks

  30. gethepicture

    this grooves! many thanks...