Johnson’s Motor Car lyrics and chords

The chords to Johnson’s Motor Car are presented in the key of C. The lyrics tell a true story of when the IRA hijacked a doctors car so they could drive to Dunbar.

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As  
C 
down by Brocka’s Cor
G7 
ner one  
C 
morning I  
G7 
did 
 
 
C 
stray
 
I  
G 
met a fellow re
C 
bel and  
G 
to me  
G7 
he did  
C 
say
 
“I’ve  
G 
orders from the Captain to assemble  
G7 
at 
 
Dun
C 
bar
 
But how are we to get  
G7 
there 
 
with
C 
out a Mot
G7 
or 
 
 
C 
car?”

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O Barney dear, be of good cheer and I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The Specials they are plentiful and the IRA are few
We’ll wire up to Stranorlar before we walk that far
And we’ll give the boys a jolly good ride in Johnson’s motor car

When Dr Johnson got that wire he soon put on his shoes
He said “This must be an urgent case and I have no time to lose.2
He put on his fancy caster hat, and on his breast a star
You could hear the din going through Glenfin of Johnson’s motor car

But when he got to the Railway Bridgethe rebels he saw there
And Johnson knew the game was up for at him they did stare
He says “I have a permit for to travel near and far.”
“We don’t want your English permit, we want your motor car.”

“What will my loyal brethren say when they hear the news?
My car it has been commandeered by the rebels at Dunloos!”
“We’ll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr
And when Ireland gets her freedom you’ll get your motor car.”

Well we set the car in motion and filled her to the brim
With guns and bayonets shining which made old Johnson grim
When Barney hoisted the Sinn Fein flag and it fluttered like a star
We gave three cheers for the IRA and Johnson’s motor car

Now when the specials heard the news, thy soon put on their shoes
“They’ve stolen Johnson’s motor car and there is no time to lose.”
They searched around the valleys, they searched both near and far
But the IRA were far away in Johnson’s motor car

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As [C]down by Brocka’s Cor[G7]ner one [C]morning I [G7]did [C]stray
I [G]met a fellow re[C]bel and [G]to me [G7]he did [C]say
“I’ve [G]orders from the Captain to assemble [G7]at Dun[C]bar
But how are we to get [G7]there with[C]out a Mot[G7]or [C]car?”

O Barney dear, be of good cheer and I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The Specials they are plentiful and the IRA are few
We’ll wire up to Stranorlar before we walk that far
And we’ll give the boys a jolly good ride in Johnson’s motor car

When Dr Johnson got that wire he soon put on his shoes
He said “This must be an urgent case and I have no time to lose.2
He put on his fancy caster hat, and on his breast a star
You could hear the din going through Glenfin of Johnson’s motor car

But when he got to the Railway Bridgethe rebels he saw there
And Johnson knew the game was up for at him they did stare
He says “I have a permit for to travel near and far.”
“We don’t want your English permit, we want your motor car.”

“What will my loyal brethren say when they hear the news?
My car it has been commandeered by the rebels at Dunloos!”
“We’ll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr
And when Ireland gets her freedom you’ll get your motor car.”

Well we set the car in motion and filled her to the brim
With guns and bayonets shining which made old Johnson grim
When Barney hoisted the Sinn Fein flag and it fluttered like a star
We gave three cheers for the IRA and Johnson’s motor car

Now when the specials heard the news, thy soon put on their shoes
“They’ve stolen Johnson’s motor car and there is no time to lose.”
They searched around the valleys, they searched both near and far
But the IRA were far away in Johnson’s motor car

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