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Sam Cooke – Frankie And Johnny lyrics

Frankie and Johnny was sweethearts
At least that's the way the story goes
Frankie bought everything for Johnny
From his sports car to his Ivy League clothes

He was a man alright, oh but he was doing her wrong
Just to show you what can happen

A friend came running to Frankie
She said you know I wouldn't tell you no lie
I saw your man riding in his Jaguar
With a chick named Nellie Blye

He was your man honey, oh and he was doing you wrong
Let me tell the story

Frankie ran around the corner
And peeked in a swinging place
There she saw Johnny with the woman
He had his arms around her waist

Aw... He was a man alright but Frankie could see that he was
Doing her wrong. And oh let me tell you

Frankie reached down in her pocketbook
And up with a long forty-four
She shot once, twice, three times and
Johnny fell to the hard wood floor

Aw... He was a man alright but Frankie shot him because he was
Doing her wrong

But the last thing he told her was
Frankie, you know I love you
Why? Honey why did you do that?
Frankie.. I was telling her about you
Frankie.. You know I love you
Frankie.. You know that I love you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Now Frankie, you know darn well that I love you
Frankie.. I'll always love you baby
Frankie.. You know I can't do without you
Frankie.. You know I love you
And I know, I know I was doing
You wrong.. Wrong.. Wrong.. Wrong
Now Frankie.. You know darn well that I love you
Frankie....(song fades and ends)

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