Johnny Blondino

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

In the middle of the ocean
On a boat without a sail
A broken rudder in my hand
And an empty drinking pail
The sun pours down like madness
From a bright and cloudless sky
Staring down into my soul
With a cruel unblinking eye

Johnn ... y Blondino
A thousand miles from shore
Johnn ... y Blondino
Oh hear the ocean roar


Companions lay around me
A ghastly lifeless hoard
Got no strength to lift 'em up
And drop 'em overboard
Thick and fast the visions come
Both kindly and insane
Welling up like mercy
From the fever in my brain

Johnn ... y Blondino
A thousand miles from shore
Johnn ... y Blondino
Oh hear the ocean roar


I have lived a checkered life
Good deeds were far and few
Always counted on my wits
And luck to pull me through
That don't come to no account
When wits and luck are dead
And all the shadows of the past
Come swimming through my head

Johnn ... y Blondino
A thousand miles from shore
Johnn ... y Blondino
Oh hear the ocean roar


I saw the girl I used to love
And the girl I left behind
The girl I sometomes dream about
And the girl that's on my mind
They did a dance together
In a circle round the boat
And sang a song I clearly heard
With neither word nor note

Johnn ... y Blondino
A thousand miles from shore
Johnn ... y Blondino
Oh hear the ocean roar


I found an old harmonica
In someone's salty shirt
I bit my lip to bring the blood
And played until it hurt
I guess it was some kind of prayer
That called out from my pain
Before my lips exploded
It started in to rain

Johnn ... y Blondino
A thousand miles from shore
Johnn ... y Blondino
Oh hear the ocean roar


 


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