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A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole Johnny Sing - Poem by Shel Silverstein | Urdu Poetry

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A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole Johnny Sing - Poem by Shel Silverstein
Now you know some fellahs, they want fame and fortune 
Yeah, and other fellahs they just wanna swing 
But all I wanted all my life 
Was a TV set and a truck and a wife 
And a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing. 

Yeah the TV and the truck I got on credit. 
And I got that girl with a little old Woolworth ring 
And life was warm and life was sweet 
But still, it was kinda incomplete 
Without a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing. 

Hey, John you walk the line, 
Do 'Deelia' one more time 
And when you do them Cottonfields 
You warm this heart of mine. 

So, one day I thought, Hey, I'm gonna do it! 
(That's what I said) 
So, I mortgaged the farm and pawned her wedding ring. 
I sold the gold tooth out of my mouth 
And jumped in the pickup and headed South. 
For a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing. 

I hit Nashville cold and wet and hungry. 
I said, 'I'm here, bring him on let him do his thing.' 
But they told me down at the Old Pit Grill 
I'd have to go all the way to Andersonville 
For a front row seat to hear ole Jonny sing. 

I found his house knocked on the door and it was opened 
By a brown-haired girl and a baby with a teethin' ring. 
I said 'I seen you somewhere before 
but don't stand there and block the door 
I want a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing.' 


She said I'd have to go down to The Opry 
And the feller there said I'd have to wait till Spring. 
He said, 'We've been sold out for months and months 
And this poor insane fellah wants 
A front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing.' 

Well, he said a couple more things, and I started cryin' 
And then he laughed at me and that's when I started to swing. 
Well I bust through the doors in a roaring rage, 
Crawled over the crowd till I reached the stage 
For a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing. 


Then some crazy guard started shootin' 
I shot back, and the next thing I know I was winged 
and on the floor 
When a guy in a voice kinda deep and low 
Says, 'Boy that's a mighty long way to go 
For a front row seat to hear ANYBODY sing.' 

And I guess that judge, he weren't no music lover. 
I got fifteen months but that don't mean a thing. 
Cos' yesterday in the prison yard 
A show come through and HAR! de HAR! 
I had a front row seat to hear ole Johnny sing. 

(chorus plus some typical Shel ranting and raving) 
Shel Silverstein

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