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"Johnny Come Home" was the debut single release by British band Fine Young Cannibals, taken from their debut album Fine Young Cannibals. It is similar to the style of many other of the band's hits, a mixture of rock and ska with Roland Gift's distinctive vocals, as well as a jazz-type trumpet solo. It was released in 1985 and was one of the group's most popular hits. The song tells the gritty realistic story of a runaway youth, and alternates from the first-person narrative, explaining how his arrival in the big city has not turned out as he expected, to the view of the parents in the chorus, expressing their wish that he would come home. Although it failed to reach the top 40 in the United States, stalling at No. 76, it was a good start for the group in their native United Kingdom, peaking at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1985. Along with the track "Blue", "Johnny Come Home" did reach No. 9 on the dance chart in the US. In later years the song's title would serve as the title for a Jake Arnott novel published in 2006 whose plot line is reminiscent of the themes discussed in the song. 


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2011
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Nobody knows
The trouble you feel
Nobody cares
The feelin' is real

Johnny,
We're sorry, 
Won't you come on home
We worry, 
Won't you come on
What is wrong in my life
I must get drunk every night
Johnny, 
We're sorry 

Use the phone, 
Call your mom
She's missing you badly, 
Missing her son

Who do you know, 
Where will you stay
Big city life 
Is not what they say

Johnny, 
We're sorry, 
Won't you come on home
We worry, 
Won't you come on
What is wrong in my life
That I must get drunk every night
Johnny, 
We're sorry 

You'd better go, 
Everything's closed
Can't find a room, 
Money's all blown
Nowhere to sleep, 
Out in the cold
Nothing to eat, 
Nowhere to go

Johnny, 
We're sorry, 
Won't you come on home
We worry, 
Won't you come on
What is wrong in my life
That I must get drunk every night
Johnny, 
We're sorry 
Won't you come on home
We worry, 
Won't you come on home
Johnny
Won't you come on home

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Fine Young Cannibals

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their 1988 album, The Raw and the Cooked, topped the UK and US Album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing". more »

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Written by: DAVID STEELE, ROLAND LEE GIFT

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