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Johnny B Blue and Suzy Q? Why they be plain ole folk like you And me and all them others who Live their lives and love them too. Plantation hands and peasants all; Laboring folks some boss would maul, Get chewed up, spit out, we'd best recall, Cause grandees always make them small. Massas, pols, the upper crust Grind these little folks to dust For use in mobs and armies' thrust To feed their bosses' bossy lust. High atop some pinnacle, The politick-hatchet cynical; They speak their lies quite clinical Which is quite clear and open Though little folk keep on hopin' Next time it won't be slipp'ry slopin'.... Johnny B Blue and Suzy Q? They still be plain ole folk like you And me and them others too; From them those massas took, who Plan to steal yet more from you For that is what's in store, it's true, For Johnny B Blue and Suzy Q And me and you -- and you and you.
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Johnny B Blue and Suzy Q", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Johnny B Blue and Suzy Q", 2013 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2017-11-14
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Word count: 165