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"Johnny Strikes Up the Band" is a song from Warren Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy.

About the Song Edit

The song describes a man called Johnny who is well liked, kind-heartened, and cheers up all he meets. The song describes the adulation when he strikes up his rock band causing people to dry their tears and brining all too happiness. The uncharacteristic optimism is also shown in the previous album song "Mohammed's Radio". The song also appears on the compilation albums A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology). It is often argued that the song is about the english rock band Queen.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Dry your eyes my little friend

Let me take you by the hand

Freddie get ready Rock steady

When Johnny strikes up the band


They'll be rocking in the projects

Walking down along the strand

Freddie get ready Rock steady

When Johnny strikes up the band

Johnny strikes up the band

When Johnny strikes up the ...

When Johnny strikes up the ...

When Johnny strikes up the band


And Johnny is my main man

He's the keeper of the keys

He'll put your mind at ease

He's guaranteed to please

Back by popular demand


Look around, my little friend

Jubilation in the land

Freddie get ready Rock steady

When Johnny strikes up the band

Johnny strikes up the band

When Johnny strikes up the ...

When Johnny strikes up the ...

When Johnny strikes up the band

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