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Johnny

from Fugitives

Me and Johnny he and I
Would gaze up at the sky
Wondering out loud, where all the airplanes go when they go by
Running wishing we could fly
Until we had to go inside
Tomorrow we would surely try again

Now his daddy worked a daddy's job
And earned a daddy's pay
His mama made the house a home
That daddy came home to each day
And every evening after school
You'd find me standing in their yard
Underneath the window calling out

Can Johnny come out to play today
Can Johnny come out to play
Can Johnny come out
Can Johnny come out
Hey, can Johnny come out?

Now some of us would gather at the
High school dance and laugh out loud
Making fun of someone who just
Didn't fit in to our crowd
But Johnny wouldn't be that way
He would be the first to say
It wasn't fair, he wouldn't play along

When Johnny went to college
There was something that he had to say
But packing station wagons
Took up all our time - got in our way
Tightly lipped and teary-eyed
We shook each other's hands goodbye
Remembering the time we used to say

Can Johnny come out to play today
Can Johnny come out to play
Can Johnny come out
Can Johnny come out
Hey, can Johnny come out?

Last time I saw Johnny
He was headed for the coast of Maine
He said he needed time to come to terms
With the time that remained
He said he'd seen the final days
Of many friends who passed this way
He didn't want to bring nobody down

The line is long and I'm among
The silent faces here today
Except for someone whispering
What a shame it was to waste away
If only I was half the man
That Johnny was - they'd understand
I'd shout out loud the way I used to say

Can Johnny come out to play today
Can Johnny come out to play
Can Johnny come out
Can Johnny come out
Hey, can Johnny come out?