Don Henley

Johnny Can't Read

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Football, baseball, basket ball games
Drinkin bear, kickin ass and takin down names
With the top down, get-a-round, shootin the line
Summer is here and johnnys feelin fine

But johnny can't read
Summer is over and he's gone to seed
Johnny can't read
He never learned nothin' that he'll ever need

Well, johnny can dance and johnny can love
Johnny can push and johnny can shove
Johnny can hang out; johnny can talk tough
Johnny can get down and johnny can throw up

But johnny can't read
Summer is over and he's gone to seed
(you know that), johnny can't read
He never learned nothin that he'll ever need
Well, is it teacher's fault oh no!
Is it mommy's fault oh no!
Is it society's fault oh no!
Well is it johnny's fault ohhhhh nooooo!

Couple years later, johnny's on the run
Johnny got confused and he bought himself a gun
Well, he went and did something that he shouldn't
Oughta done
F.b.i. on his tail
Use a gun-go to jail
But johnny can't read
Summer is over and he's gone to seed
(you know that), johnny can't read
He never learned nothin that he'll ever need
Well is is teacher's fault oh no
Is it mommie's fault oh no
Is it the president's fault oh no
Well is it johnny's fault ohhhhh nooooo!

Johnny can dance and johnny can love
Johnny can push and johnny can shove
Johnny can pinball; johnny can talk tough
Johnny can get down and johnny can throw up

Well, recess is over
Recess is over!

Sitcoms, t.&a.
Johnny's mind is blown away
Cop shows, horror flicks
Johnny's brain is full of bricks
Rock show, video
Boob tube, rubik's cube
Game fools, Sunday school
Gain fans(? ), gobble gangs(? )
Wonka wonka wonka
There's a new kid in town...


Autor(es): Danny Kortchmar / Don Henley

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