Johnny Appleseed Lyrics - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

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Lord, there goes Johnny Appleseed
He might pass by in the hour of need
There's a lot of souls
Ain't drinking from no well locked in a factory

Hey - look there goes
Hey - look there goes
If you're after getting the honey - hey
Then you don't go killing all the bees

Lord, there goes Martin Luther King
Notice how the door closes when the chimes of freedom ring
I hear what you're saying, I hear what he's saying
*Is what was true now no longer so

Hey - I hear what you're saying
Hey - I hear what he's saying
If you're after getting the honey - hey
Then you don't go killing all the bees

What the people are saying
And we know every road - go, go
What the people are saying
There ain't no berries on the trees

Let the summertime sun
Fall on the apple - fall on the apple

Lord, there goes a Buick forty-nine
Black sheep of the angels riding, riding down the line
We think there is a soul, we don't know
That soul is hard to find

Hey - down along the road
Hey - down along the road
If you're after getting the honey
Then you don't go killing all the bees

Hey - it's what the people are saying
It's what the people are saying
Hey - there ain't no berries on the trees
Hey - that's what the people are saying, no berries on the trees
You're checking out the honey, baby
You had to go killin' all the bees

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the song is about jewish supremacism | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/20/13

the song is about jewish supremacism. strummer was a jew. he was saying how if the jews want their JWO, they should not kill all the workers, else how will the jew masters get served by the worker goy.

notice the "buick 49" and "dark angels" passage. Israel became a state in '48.

many jew musicians write cloaked lyrics about Israel and their anticipated jew world order.

Thanks Joe | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/08

I loved this song..I only thank the show for making me aware that I already owned it! How sad is that? It was buried deep on my music hard drive!
This song was amazingly bittersweet as Joe sang it
at the end of Let's Rock Again, a documentary made shortly before his death..check it out! Wonderful.
I ended up building a whole cd mix around this tune.
Thanks Joe God Bless.

not intended as a TV show title | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/08

John From Cincinnati first aired in 2007, Joe Strummer died in 2002. Joe did not write this song for the show and kept his religious views fairly private. It was chosen as a theme for the show for whatever reason, independently of Joe's intentions. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just don't try and read too much into the lyrics based on the show.

Most successful songs by the Clash were a result of a collaboration between Mick Jones (music) and Joe Strummer (lyrics). To give Joe Strummer credit as the driving force behind the band is a disservice to the other members. This is shown to be true by the fact that it took years before Joe Strummer could find musical success with another group (The Mesacleros).

To me Johnny Appleseed, like many of Joe's songs, is a song lamenting and celebrating globalization. Global-a-Go Go . If you like this song check out Streetcore - fantastic album!

I did not know about any show. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/4/07

I think this song was released independently of any TV show. It may have been used after the fact.

love the song and show | Reviewer: dee | 11/2/07

I love this show!!! I love the song too. Can't believe they cancelled yet another good show! I DVR'd the repeats so I can watch it whenever. I too think John is Christ in another human form. Although in the final episode when they show Kai surfing he says " Kai mother of God" That was a little confusing. I wish they would rethink and keep this show going!

JFC meaning | Reviewer: sven | 10/12/07

i think the clue to the meaning from john was simple. "participate with your family in life" one of the clues about john's purpose is in john's last name "monad", looking up monad we find:

"What is a monad?

Monads are non-extended, soul-like, metaphysical simples. Every material that exists, according to Leibniz, is composed entirely of monads. These monads have no causal relationship to one another, or to any other monads, and are moved about (and appear to affect each other) through what Leibniz called pre-established harmony. In other words, without God overseeing and directing every action of every monad, the entire universe would fall apart.

Our souls are of a special kind of monad, termed dominant, or rational, monads. These dominant monads give us consciousness, which is a reflection on what happens to us, and which Leibniz terms apperception. All other simple monads have two basic qualities, appetite and perception, while some monads also have memory.

Monads are eternal, having existed since God created each one, indestructible, and immutable."

Another show of Strummer brilliance | Reviewer: Andrea Thomas | 9/25/07

I loved the series, loved the song and loved the song as used for JFC. A musical artist that made one think and a series that made one think. I don't know who made the musical decision for JFC, but it was brilliant.

My Interpretation | Reviewer: Russ | 8/28/07

Here's my take on the show John From Cincinnati and the song Johnny Appleseed. I see the title "John From Cincinnati" and the resulting acronym (JFC), or vice versa, as suggesting Jesus Christ. Or as he is affectionately known "Jesus F'n Christ". JFC. Who knows how he would behave if he was here as an individual in this day and age. Why not a semi-retarded guy with special abilities. The many references to "His Father" and "His Father's Words" and his very personalized way of relating to each of the characters are reminiscent of the way Christ related in the scriptures. His overall purpose was obviously to reunite a highly dysfunctional family ravaged by many of the evils this world has to offer. Very Christ-like. I found the characters engrossing and immensely entertaining. I could point out other similarities that have convinced me of the Christ analogy, but I won't. As for the song, it's running through my head all the time now. Very catchy, great beat, interesting lyrics. Sorry to hear the singer (Joe Strummer) had passed away from a congenital heart defect a few years back. Great song. As for the words, well the references to Martin Luther King (amongst other things, he was a Christian mimister), the "He might pass by in the hour of need" line, and "there's a lot of souls", and "angels" don't necessarily denote Chritian references, but they could. Either way, it's a great tune and I choose to take it in a very positive light. God bless Joe, wherever he might be (Cincinnati?)

Great Song and Show | Reviewer: MP | 8/20/07

John from Cincinnati is my favorite show and this song is awesome. It made me think about the government when I heard it. The bees being the soldiers in Iraq. Dumb Dumb Gerorge and his mindless killings. Good song though. If nothing else it makes you think!

Johnny Appleseed from John from Cincinnati | Reviewer: Julia | 8/17/07

I, too, had never heard this song until this HBO series and I had to look it up, which connected me to Joe Strummer, of whom I read about earlier this year when I read a review of the Sundance documentary, "The Future is Unwritten" and how Joe left this earth too soon. As far as the connection to the series, one thing could be the line, "let the summertime sun fall on the apple" - which I took to refer to the old saying, "the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree," referring to Butchie and Shawn and Mitch (the father/grandfather). The other connection I saw was the search for the soul - after all, I think that John from Cincinnat was sent to help the family find its "soul," since they had drifted apart so far from each other and from the whole sense of family. But, I don't necessarily see a link to Christ or God, since we don't know exactly what John is talking about when he mentions his "father." It could be a reference to many things, but I can see how someone would interpret the religious aspect to it.

So, at any rate, I love both the show and the theme song, and am grateful that I have been turned onto some new music and will definitely watch that documentary about Joe Strummer.


Johnny Appleseed | Reviewer: Johhny Appleseed | 8/13/07

This song is about the diablo and pigs that commit suicide because they cant stand the wrath of Christ. At least thats what it means to me. It is relative after all.

JFC | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/07

What a weird show! Who the hell knows whats this all about -- and I'm like the reviewer above, I can't quit watching it. The opening sequence is as good a video as I've ever seen for surf tho.

Another sign of Joe's brilliance & passion for TRUE humanity | Reviewer: Seven30 | 8/10/07

This song's message is SOOOOO powerful & relevant in any era (hopefully not the future...'cause as Joe says....the future is unwritten). Maybe one day we'll have a hive full of bees & plenty berries on the trees. God knows we lost another one with his passing. Cause like so many "Bees" before him ......HE WAS RIGHT!!!!
P.S. - Well put "Beach Boys for Christ".....Couldn't have put it any better. The the song is absolutely brilliant. If you follow "John..." from the first episode, it is much easier to translate what John is saying. The show, like the song has a powerful message & it forces you to think, rather than have everything laid out for you. The cryptic dialogue can be interpreted by paying close attention. Also I believe some of what John is saying cannot yet be deciphered because I believe there is more to be revealed before it makes COMPLETE sense....but even then you can get the point of the message. In the meantime...I'm hanging on every word....because I WANT that seems to be very important....LOL.

American icon.... | Reviewer: Dingus McNasty | 8/10/07

....yes, Strummer was British. But he did become something of an icon among Clash fans in the US.

Some of the confusion about it may stem from the term "Johnny Appleseed" which is an American folk tale.

The Clash were NOT an American icon! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/31/07

"The Clash was an American icon, but his later work revealed that he was obviously the driving force behind The Clash."

The Clash and Joe Strummer were British, D.F.!

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