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1963



It was January 1963
When Johnny came home with a gift for me
He said "I bought it for you because I love you
And I bought it for you because it's your birthday too"
He was so very nice he was so very kind
To think of me at this point in time
I used to think of him, He used think of me

He told me to close my eyes
My gift would be a great surprise
I saw tears were in his eyes
He never meant to hurt me

Oh God Johnny don't point that gun at me
There's so many ways our lives have changed
But please I beg don't do this to me
Johnny don't point that gun at me
Can I save my life at any price?
For God's sake won't you listen to me?

And though he was ashamed that he had took a life
Johnny came home with another wife
And he often remembered how it used to be
Before that special occasion 1963
There was too many ways that you could kill someone
Like in a love affair when the love has gone
He used to think of her, she used to think of him

He told me to close my eyes
My gift would be a great surprise
I saw hatred in his eyes
He never meant to hurt me

Oh God Johnny don't point that gun at me
There's so many ways our lives have changed
But please I beg don't do this to me
Johnny you keep on using me
Can I change my life for any price?
Oh Johnny won't you listen to me?

He told me to close my eyes
My gift would be a great surprise
I saw hatred in his eyes
He never meant to hurt me

Oh God Johnny don't point that gun at me
There's so many ways our lives have changed
But please I beg don't do this to me

Johnny you keep on using me
Can I change my life for any price?
Oh Johnny won't you listen to me?

I just want you to be mine
I don't want this world to shine
I don't want this bridge to burn
Oh Johnny do you miss me?
I just want to feel free
I will always feel free
I will always feel free
I will always feel free
I will always feel free
Original Artist
New Order

Live Statistics
This was played 16 times.

Live Debut

Reading University, Reading, England (UK)  30/06/1987 11:45:34 PM

Last Live

Jones Beach, New York (US)  12/07/1989 12:00:00 AM

Credits
Words and music by Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Hague.
(C) 1986 Be Music / Warner Chappell Music Ltd. London W1Y 3F1
Cut Music, MCA Music Ltd, Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JA

Official Versions
1994 Version (3:47)  HyperLink
1995 Arthur Baker Radio Remix (4:04)  HyperLink
1995 Arthur Baker Remix (5:05)  HyperLink
1995 Video (?:??) 
Joe T. Vanelli Dubby Mix (7:12) 
Joe T. Vanelli Light Mix (8:59) 
Lionrock Full Throttle Mix (7:50) 
Lionrock M6 Sunday Morning Mix (6:25) 
Lionrock Sparse'N Fast Mix (6:07) 
Original Version (5:35)  HyperLink
Single Version (4:21) 



Available On

Substance 1987 (1987)
(the best of) NewOrder (1994)
True Faith (1987)
Nineteen63 (1995)
Blue Monday-95 (1995)
Singles (2005)




Compilations

The Haçienda (1995)
The Hacienda - Play By 01/96 (1995)


Promo Available On

Selections From New Order Retro (2002)
1995 Remixes (2001)


Bands that covered this song
Dark Distant Spaces
Generalized
THC with Tek head

Notes

In 1987, it was supposed to be a single, but Stephen Hague suggested to flip sides and True Faith got released instead. New Order decided to re-release it as a single in 1995.

This song is about, according to the Substance song book, a theory that JFK was trying to get rid of his wife the day he got shot, and he got the bullet instead of her.