Johnny Come Lately
Words:Steve Earle
Music:Steve Earle
Performed By:  Steve Earle
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Album: Angry Young Man, The Road And The Sky

I'm an American, boys.
Come a long way, I was born and bred in the USA
So listen up close I got something to say
Boys I'm buying this round

Well it took a little while but I'll end this fight
Ain't going home 'til I've done what's right
Gonna drink Camden town 'til dry tonight
If I have to spend my last dime.

When I first got to London it was pouring down rain
Met a little girl at the field canteen
Painted her name on the nose of my plane
Six four missions I've gone.

Well I asked if I could stay and she said "Will I mind"
And the warden came around and I shut out the light
Death's ringing out on a London night
We made love 'til dawn.

Now when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
Chest full of medals and a GI long
They'll be waiting at the station at San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home.

(instrumental)

My P47 is a pretty good ship
She took it right comming 'cross the channel last trip
Stayin' about my baby, letting her rip
Always got me through so far.

Well they can shoot me all over this great big world
Never found nothing like my northern girl
Takin' it home with me one day soon
Soon as we win this war

Now when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
Chest full of medals and a GI long
They'll be waiting at the station at San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home.

Johnny!

(instrumental)

Now, my grand-daddy sang me a song
Told me about London when the Blitz was on
How he married grandma and brought her back home
A hero throughout this land

Now, standing on the runway at San Diego
Triple purple heart so moves a little slow
There's nobody here named that nobody knows
At a place called Vietnam

Now when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
Chest full of medals and a GI long
They'll be waiting at the station at San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home.

Now when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
Chest full of medals and a GI long
They'll be waiting at the station at San Antone
When Johnny comes marching home.

Johnny!

(instrumental, fade out)
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