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lyrics

Johnny sailed the western sea with a flag in every hand
his bullets flying wild and free and his feet firm in the sand

Johnny loved his dear mother and he feared his father too
"Johnny," they said, "tell us, does it mean nothing to you?"

Then he thought upon his home and mother's gentle hand,
"No better love may ever come, but you must understand,

"Because I want it
Because I need it
Because I got to have it
But I don't want it all the time"

Johnny met a black-haired girl, they married the same day
held her precious as a pearl the day their baby came

she made his bed with feathers, that were soft beneath his head
she never loved another man, at least that's what she said

Then Johnny heard the drums of war, they were ringing in his ears
shouted backwards from the door over her daughter's tears

"Because I want it
Because I need it
Because I got to have it
But I don't want it all the time"

Johnny felt the bullet ripping easy into him
saying, "Jesus if you will it, I will never be the same"

sweat and blood and other water flowed out past his skin
overtop the sound of slaughter, you could hear his mouth complain

"Because I want it
Because I need it
Because I got to have it
But I don't want it all the time"

now Johnny sits behind a desk with papers in his hand
high above the vapours of this rich and burning land

Johnny looks at all this world as part of his reward
but the burden makes him bitter, so he shouts out to his Lord,

"Because I want it
Because I need it
Because I got to have it
But I don't want it all the time"

credits

from Move The Mess Around, released August 23, 2016
written by JF Garton (SOCAN)
performed by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
recorded at Stone Canyon Studios, Vancouver BC, 2015
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake

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