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The Late Great Johnny Ace « See All Songs


I was reading a magazine
And thinking of a rock and roll song
The year was 1954
And I hadn’t been playing that long
When a man came on the radio
And this is what he said
He said, “I hate to break it
To his fans
But Johnny Ace is dead”

Well, I really wasn’t
Such a Johnny Ace fan
But I felt bad all the same
So I sent away for his photograph
And I waited till it came
It came all the way from Texas
With a sad and simple face
And they signed it on the bottom
“From the Late Great Johnny Ace”

It was the year of the Beatles
It was the year of the Stones
It was 1964
I was living in London
With the girl from the summer before
It was the year of the Beatles
It was the year of the Stones
A year after JFK
We were staying up all night
And giving the days away
And the music was flowing
And blowing my way

On a cold December evening
I was walking through the Christmas tide
When a stranger came up and asked me
If I’d heard John Lennon had died
And the two of us
Went to this bar
And we stayed to close the place
And every song we played
Was for the Late Great Johnny Ace

© 1981 Words and Music by Paul Simon

This song is available on:
5570216 Hearts And Bones
5570249 The Essential Paul Simon
complete_mini The Complete Albums Collection