Lyrics: Johnny’s Watchin’

I wrote “Johnny’s Watchin’” in 2008. I wrote quite a few lyrics during this time, most of which I discarded, but I considered this worth sharing due to having horror elements. I’ve kept it around the internet as a result, and so I’ve decided to post it here.

[Verse 1 Tempo: slower, like the build-up of a horror movie]

Johnny saw the signs but he wouldn’t believe
3 homies from high school don’t just get up an’ leave
the Earth without help all in the same week
an accident, a suicide, one hung in a tree
so the autopsy said but the coroner scream
an’ he used to dead bodies, worked LAPD
so he projectile vomit it take Roth or Fulci
Clive Barker or Wes Craven to re-enact the scene
an’ you know someone had the thought over at Channel 3
but they was too busy, all these new murder sprees
a church was shot up by Johnny’s old buddy D
and the school bombed by a teacher, they call her Miss B
the class used to be English, but now it’s deceased
Johnny tryin’ not to lose it, he’s high on PCP
in da club makin’ jokes like YTMND
in a haze somethin’ strange wit’ a fifth of hennessy
somebody think they hear a gunshot but it ain’t till chapter 3

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Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

[Verse 2 Tempo: starts off like V1, then jumps faster at bar 3]

There be blood in the liquor, the barkeep went down
he kept servin drinks an’ bleedin’, not know his time out
eventually the message reached his brain to his knees
he fell someone screamed now they droppin’ drinks
bar room floor slick wit’ blood someone fell to the mud
someone laughs panicked staff ‘cept the bouncer named Bud
he just stands no one pass got the door blocked good
movin’ fast Johnny crash he bounce back ‘way from Bud
see the hole in his chest an’ he yell holy shit
Bud’s hand tight in a fist shut the do’ now know this
Bud was once a janitor, you guessed it Johnny’s school
Johnny’s girl say yo be cool but he know he been a fool
someone use him like a tool he only wish he know who
a homie mad or some ghoul or ghost they may have partners too
Bud fell down was time to meet devil, end verse 2

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

[Verse 3 Tempo: kind of a medium, then it speeds up except end of some lines, aiming for a kind of separation from reality as it becomes more unpredictable]

Johnny opened the door he just ain’t think straight no more
bullet straight through his whore laid her ass on the floor
people shot by the score but what’s he huntin’ ‘em for?
we watchin’ ‘em hollows soar from who is outside the door
pop wanting to show, one two three to the fo’
that’s how them head shots go, quick it ain’t take no mo’
time like a rhyme takin’ lives but it shine
in the lights are they lime no not quite
blue an’ red many dead bullets sent to the dead Johnny watchin’…
reloadin’ wit’ a grin glad to sin cuz he know Johnny watchin’…
don’t be ‘fraid the switchblade never hates what a shame Johnny watchin’…
concussion to the head when he still wet the bed Johnny watchin’…
mumblin’ when he said no one left they all fled or they dead
see they heads see the red see the holes in they chests
see the hole in his vest where you know there was breath
see the pain see the death in the rain where he’s drenched Johnny watchin’…

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

Dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee-dotta-dee
Why Johnny in the midst of such catastrophe (he watchin)
he’s not a G, he don’t hustle, don’t act
so why everyone around him under attack (he watchin)

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