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Dedicated to my friend and mentor, the late great Jack Hardy.

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Me & Johnny can hear while we’re sleeping
Me & Johnny lost young and lost hard
Me & Johnny make a business of weeping
Hold my hand when you’re put to the test
Hold my hand with the one you love best

Me & Johnny have the voice of the turtle
Me & Johnny on the shores of gold horn
Me & Johnny watching sparkles of purple
Hold my hand for the journey out west
Hold my hand when you lay down to rest

If there’s a simple way to cut it
Then I don’t want you raising your hand
‘Cause I’m always on the lookout
For your sweet and simple plan

Me & Johnny went broke from retreating
Me & Johnny have three drinks to go
Me & Johnny got stoned for the meeting
Hold my hand when you’re sad and thinking
Hold my hand for the sorrows drowned drinking

There’s a time when the bad dream has caught you in its command
Just like the time when the rain begins falling upon your cold hand
And may this train as it turns give you comfort and drive this feeling that softly shimmers In the white sand

Me & Johnny when the gold dust is heaping
Me & Johnny when the river’s been dammed
Me & Johnny with that bible you’re keeping
Hold my hand when your love is in chains
Hold my hand when the soft lady stays

If there’s a simple way to cut it
Then I don’t want you raising your hand
‘Cause I’m always on the lookout
For your sweet and simple plan

credits

from In Service of the King, released September 11, 2012
YISROEL ARYE GOOTBLATT - Hammond B3, Vocals
BRIAN STOLTZ - Guitar
DIMITRI MODERBACHER - Tenor Saxophone
PETE KARP - Drums
BUTCH PHELPS - Guitar

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