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Song Parodies -> "Roll Over, John Johnson"

Original Song Title:

"Roll Over Beethoven"

Original Performer:

Chuck Berry ?

Parody Song Title:

"Roll Over, John Johnson"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

On April 13th, in St. Louis, Missouri, Johnnie Johnson, a rock and roll pioneer, passed away at age 80. On New Years Eve, 1952, he hired Chuck Berry to fill in for a member of his band, who was ill. In the early years, he had collaborated with Berry on many of the hit songs. It is said, that, "Johnny B. Goode" was written as a tribute to him. Tlhey split up in the seventies, and in "2000", he sued Berry for a his share of royalties and writing credits, on more than fifty of the hits. However, the case was dismissed in 2002, declaring that too much time had passed since the songs were written.
Born in Fairmont, West Virginia
Learned to play the piano at four
Made a move out to Chicago
After the Second World War
Roll Over, John Johnson
An Angel's playin' your songs once, more

You played piano jazz nite clubs
And journeyed to "St. Lou"
Knocked out blues and rhythm
And hired Chuck Berry in "Fifty Two"
Roll Over, John Johnson
And tell Chuck Berry the news

You helped write a lotta his hits
Like, "No Particular Place To Go"
You banged that rockin' piano
Caused a lot of good music to flow
Roll Over, John Johnson
And let your halo show

They say "Johnny B Goode's" about you
But you got no royalty for the song
You deserve more recognition
Been anonymous for way too long
Roll Over, John Johnson
It's time to right that wrong

You sued but didn't get it
Courts ruled, and gave you no credit
'Sayin' too long ago to choose
Now you aspire
to a court that is higher,
And Heaven's payin' your dues
Roll Over, John Johnson
And tell Chuck Berry the news

Roll Over, John Johnson
Roll Over, John Johnson
Roll Over, John Johnson,
And tell Chuck Berry the news

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 5

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Rick C - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
A fine tribute AFW...5s
alvin rhodes - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
YES....great tribute to a remarkably underappreciated musician...5s
John Barry - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
An informative tribute. 5s
Red Ant - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Sorry I DKTOS ( no vote ) but very interesting.
wapner - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
I believe you left out the bridge to this song. Check Catch 23's version on April 15th. The fourth stanza there is the bridge. I can't seem to find one here. I don't vote, but if I did this would be 444. Pretty good tribute to a guy who was royally screwed over.
Rod Worden - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Man he had a hammer of a left hand banging that boogie beat! Great job, AFW, 555!

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