The song goes:
I had never thought to ask youGrowing up, my brother was always John, and I think, because of this song (Surabaya Johnny from a three-song cycle set by Kurt Weill, the other two songs of which are Song of sexual slavery and Le grand Lustucru), it’s been a hard road for me to come to conceptualize him as a Johnny. After all, the song continues:
How you happened to get such a name,
But along the coast there are places
Where you’ve earned yourself quite a fame.
You talked a line, Johnny,But let us not dwell on the negative… think of the Great Johnnys of our time: Carson, Fever, Rotten, Cash, Wayne.
Nothing was true, Johnny,
You tricked me good, Johnny.
From that first day.
I hate you so, Johnny,
How you stand and grin, Johnny
take that pipe out of your mouth, you dog.
And so, slowly, I learn to embrace the concept of Johnnyness. I’m not there yet, but the road is shortening.
Oh yes, I forgot how I started: Johnny’s website is back in action.