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William Elliott Whitmore - Animals In The Dark Johnny law


  • ISRC:USEP40822103
  • Recorded:2008 Flat Black Studio - Iowa
  •  ©2008 Anti Inc.
  • Backup Vocals:Katherine Ruestow
  • Bass:Adam Lubsetich
  • Drums:Kevin Eyers
  • Vocals, Guitar, Banjo:William Elliott Whitmore
  • Drums:Johnathan Crawford
  • Bass:Pete Biasi
  • Cello:Will Roselic
  • Organ:David Zollo
  • Accordion:Hagan Myers
  • E Bow:Joel Anderson


I was driving the road just minding my own when johnny law pulled up from behind
he walked up to my window and said roll it down and let me see what I can find
I said no way what's mine is mine and I'd appreciate it if you'd leave me be
He said I'll leave you be alright in a cell all night, I'll lock you up and throw away the key

he slapped them cuffs on my wrists and my hands clenched into fists
I wished i could have punched him on the jaw and knocked out old johnny law

johnny law johnny law he's the littlest man I ever saw
with his badge and his gun he'll just hassle everyone
he'll get you on the run johnny law

he took me down to the state house and he hurled that book at me
being in a cell is like being in hell for a man who wants to be free
I sat there and I wondered just what gave this man the right
to leave me to rot on this rickety cot just staring at the ceiling all night

I couldn't help but think of the words of my dear departed Pa
he said do the best you can to be a good man but don't you ever trust johnny law
without any proof they couldn't keep me there so they let me out in the morning
that cop said son i don't know what you done so just consider this a little warning

I said it must take a lot of nerve to protect and to serve but I wonder what it would be like
if you didn't have that badge or that gun or that uniform to hide behind
and although I feel that this whole deal I got was pretty damn raw
my conscience is clean 'cause I'm human being and you're just johnny law

you'll never get me on the run johnny law