Song lyrics to Frankie and Johnny (1912), Music by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
Frankie and Johnny is a traditional American popular song. It tells the story of a woman, Frankie, who finds her man Johnny making love to another woman and shoots him dead. Frankie is then arrested; in some versions of the song she is also executed. It’s based on an actual story.
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