Song – New “Frankie & Johnnie” Song

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson
  • Shel Silverstein

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Robert Josiah Music
  • Hollis Music

Song Licensing information

Song Notes

One-stop license for Bob Gibson Bootleg available through Wixen Music.

The New "Frankie & Johnnie" Song

by Henry Mancini | Dear Heart

New Frankie & Johnnie Song

by Serendipity Singers | Serendipity Singers

LYRIC

New "Frankie & Johnnie" Song

Frankie, she was a fine lookin’ woman, had a man named Johnnie
And she loved him, Lord, she laid down a hundred for a suit of clothes
Don’t you see them walkin’ arm in arm down along Canal Street
Frankie loved Johnnie, Lord, everybody knows

Well now, Frankie, she came home one evening just a little bit early
And she thought, “I better stop at the corner for a bottle o’ beer”
Well, she sat down and she told her troubles to the fat bartender
Said, “Tell me, Fat Daddy, has my Johnnie man been here?”

He said, “Frankie, I’m terrible sorry you asked me that question
You know that I’m about as honest as a man can be
Saw Johnnie, he was walkin’ down Main, he was feelin’ no pain
He was slippin’ and a-slidin’ with a girl named Annabelle Lee

Well now, Frankie, she said, “Oh! no, no, that can’t be so”
She said, “I know, I know my candy man wouldn’t treat me wrong
Well, she sat there, she had a few more beers, she shed a few more tears
Said, “I’m tired o’ gettin’ that mean old runaround”

Well then, Frankie, she got outta the taxi at the corner o’ Clark Street
Looked up, she saw Johnnie and Annabelle swingin’ there
Well, she pulled out, she took deadly aim with her forty-four pistol
And shot her Johnnie in the middle of his big affair

Bango, the first time she shot him he stood right up
And bango, he leaned right over and he clutched his side
Then bango, he started kickin’ and a-screamin’ and a-screamin’ and
a-kickin’
When bing-bong bango, Johnnie rolled over and died

Now you heard the story ’bout Frankie and her man named Johnnie
And you know that was a game shoulda never been played
And the moral of this sad tale I’m tellin’ you
If you’re gonna fool around then you better pull the shade

Frankie, she was a fine 1ookin’ woman, had a man named Johnnie
And she loved him, Lord, she laid down a hundred for a suit of clothes
Don’t you see them walkin’ arm in arm down along Canal Street
Frankie loved Johnnie, Lord, everybody
Well now the whole neighborhood is all talkin’ ‘bout
Frankie loved Johnnie, Lord, everybody knows, hey, hey
Frankie loved Johnnie, Lord, everybody knows

Words & music by Bob Gibson and Shel Silverstein
© Robert Josiah Music (2018) / Hollis

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