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Asleep At The Wheel
"The Letter That Johnny Walker Read" lyrics

The Letter That Johnny Walker Read

Johnny Walker sat
At a table in a bar
Minding his own affairs
Drinking his namesake's gold with the rocks
He was drunk, too drunk to care
When a girl from the bar
Walked up beside him
And this is what she said
She said: "A woman came by
With a letter for you"
This is what the letter said

"Dear John
Please Johnny, please come home
I need your love and the kids
They gotta be fed
And John
If you don't hurry back I'll be gone"
Yes, that's what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read

Then John, he got up from the table
Slowly he walked outside
He was thinking of his wife
And little children at home
And how his drinking
Had ruined their lives

Then John he staggered off
Into the streetlight
And a vision
Filled his poor, poor heart with dread
For it was him
Lying drunk there in the gutter
Clutching in his hand
The letter that Johnny Walker read
And this is what it said

"Dear John
Please Johnny please come home
I need your love and the kids
They gotta be fed
And John
If you don't hurry back I'll be gone"
Yes, that's what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read

Dear John
Please Johnny please come home
I need your love and the kids
They gotta be fed