Johnny Rodgers

Johnny Rodgers

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Pop - Easy Listening | Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Song Description

A song about Johnny's dad when he was growing up as a child - in a group home.

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Lyrics

IN THE END
Words and Music by Johnny Rodgers

Small town boy with his sister and his brother,
Tryin' to stick together one way or another.
They know Mama's workin' hard since she left 'em alone.
They swear one day she's comin' back to take 'em home.
Frightened faceless phantom father, God knows where he's been.
He went sailin' on the whiskey, now he's drowning in his gin.
Johnny bites his lip and swears that he don't give a damn.
What doesn't kill us only serves to thicken up our skin.
Better learn to take it on the chin. And Mama said ...

Boy, you better learn to stand on your own two feet like a self-made man,
'Cause there ain't much in this world of ours on which you can depend.
You know that sometimes people have to go,
For reasons time may never show.
Only God knows what's around the bend ...

Johnny's gettin' restless livin' in a bubble.
Bob'lI keep an eye out, keep him out of trouble.
Now that Patsy's got a job washin' dishes and floors Her brothers won't be goin' hungry anymore.
Bobby was a makeshift father, learning by the day,
'Til the empty night the angels came and carried him away.
Johnny held him in his arms and swore it was a lie,
And though he begged to know, the angels never answered why He never even got to say goodbye.
But he could hear him say ...

Boy, you better learn to stand on your own two feet like a self-made man,
'Cause there ain't much in this world of ours on which you can depend.
You know that sometimes people have to go,
For reasons time may never show.
Only God knows what's around the bend ..
But time will always beat us In the End.

One day we'll lay a pharaoh's feast upon our table.
One day we'll all look back and laugh it up in style.
'Til then we'll hold together just
as much as we are able,
Try to keep each other stable, Grit our teeth and smile,
Hold on tight for just a while ...
Now the boy becomes a father.
Daddy, look at me.
Will I ever be the man you hoped that I'd turn out to be?
'Cause I can still remember how you held me in your arms, How you said "I love you" like there was nothing left to say.
I can feel the passing of the days ...

And now I need to learn to stand on my own two feet like a self-made man,
'Cause there ain't much in this world of ours on which you can depend.
I know that someday you may have to go,
For reasons time may never show. Only God know what's around the bend ..
But I know we'll be together In the End.

Johnny Rodgers - Vocals, Piano
Joe Ravo - Guitar
Brian Glassman - Bass
Danny Mallon - Drums

Song Length
5:00
Genres
Pop - Easy Listening, Folk - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Heartbreaking, Peaceful

Subject Matter
Father, Dysfunctional Family

Similar Artists
James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr.
Language
English

Lyric Credits Johnny Rodgers
Music Credits Johnny Rodgers
Producer Credits Richard Barone
Publisher Credits Melody Thread
Performance Credits Johnny Rodgers
Label Credits PS Classics