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Johnny was bad, even as a child everybody could tell
Everyone said, "If you don't get straight, you'll surely go to hell"
But Johnny didn't care
He was an outlaw by the time that he was ten years old
He didn't wanna do what he was told
Just a prankster, juvenile gangster

His teachers didn't understand
They kicked him out of school
At a tender early age
Just because he didn't want to learn things
Had other interests
He liked to burn things

The lady down the block
She had a radio
That Johnny wanted oh so bad
So he took it the first chance he had
Then he shot her in the leg
And this is what she said

"Only a lad"
You really can't blame him
"Only a lad"
Society made him
"Only a lad"
He's our responsibility

"Only a lad"
He really couldn't help it
"Only a lad"
He didn't want to do it
"Only a lad"
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused

His parents gave up they couldn't influence his attitude
Nobody could help the little man had no gratitude
But when he stole the car
Nobody dreamed that he would
Try to take it so far
He didn't mean to hit the poor man who had to go and die

It made the judge cry
Only a lad
He really couldn't help it
Only a lad
He didn't want to do it
Only a lad
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused

It's not his fault that he can't behave
Society's made him go astray
Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away
Perhaps he'll go away
He'll go away

Only a lad
You really can't blame him
Only a lad
Society made him
Only a lad
He's our responsibility

Hey there Johnny you really don't fool me
You get away with murder
And you think it's funny
You don't give a damn if we live or if we die
Hey there Johnny boy
I hope you cry
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Johnny was bad, even as a child everybody could tell   Everyone said, "If you don't get straight, you'll surely go to hell"   But Johnny didn't care   He was an outlaw by the time that he was ten years old   He didn't wanna do what he was told   Just a prankster, juvenile gangster      His teachers didn't understand   They kicked him out of school   At a tender early age   Just because he didn't want to learn things   Had other interests   He liked to burn things      The lady down the block   She had a radio   That Johnny wanted oh so bad   So he took it the first chance he had   Then he shot her in the leg   And this is what she said      "Only a lad"   You really can't blame him   "Only a lad"   Society made him   "Only a lad"   He's our responsibility      "Only a lad"   He really couldn't help it   "Only a lad"   He didn't want to do it   "Only a lad"   He's underprivileged and abused   Perhaps a little bit confused      His parents gave up they couldn't influence his attitude   Nobody could help the little man had no gratitude   But when he stole the car   Nobody dreamed that he would   Try to take it so far   He didn't mean to hit the poor man who had to go and die      It made the judge cry   Only a lad   He really couldn't help it   Only a lad   He didn't want to do it   Only a lad   He's underprivileged and abused   Perhaps a little bit confused      It's not his fault that he can't behave   Society's made him go astray   Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away   Perhaps he'll go away   He'll go away      Only a lad   You really can't blame him   Only a lad   Society made him   Only a lad   He's our responsibility      Hey there Johnny you really don't fool me   You get away with murder   And you think it's funny   You don't give a damn if we live or if we die   Hey there Johnny boy   I hope you cry
 
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