For two long years my head hurt badSo a doctor checked me an he shook his headHe said I'm sorry to tell youBut your body's outlived your brainHe said I know this doctor in New York, sonAnd he'll fix you right up with a brand new oneSo the head doctor met meWhen I stepped down off of the train.
He said we had this bank robber killed last nightHis body's shot but his brain's alrightI'll give you a transplant, boyAnd you'll be OKI got my new brain in and I was feelin' greatI went right back to Nashville with no headacheBut something strange happenedWhen I walked in the bank one day
CHORUSI said stick 'em up ever'body I'm robbin' this placeDrop all of your money in my guitar caseDon't nobody move and don't nobody reach for that doorA lady said, why you're Johnny CashI said no ma'am, I'm the Manhattan FlashAnd I am the best bank robber in New York
Now the other night Roy Acuff called meHe said John I'd like for you to do the OprySo I went out on the stage, but I couldn't singI got into a half a verse of 'I Walk The Line'And something snapped in this head of mineI yelled stick 'em up -Give me your money, your watches and rings.
Well, I called New York and talked to that brain quackAnd said Doc I gotta have my old brain backHe said I'm sorry there, Mr. Cash, but I can't do thatHe said I put your brain in a chicken last mondayHe's singing your songs and makin' lots of moneyAnd I got him signed to a ten-year recording contract.
Now friends if you see me walkin' down the streetRemember what you see ain't necessarily meAnd if I try to hold you up, don't pay me no mindBut when you got ten bucks that you can blowYou oughta catch that Johnny Chicken showHe's doin' fairs and concert datesAll up and down the line.
I said stick 'em up ever'body I'm robbin' this placeDrop all of your money in my guitar caseDon't nobody move and don't nobody reach for that doorA lady said, why you're Johnny CashI said no ma'am, I'm the Manhattan FlashAnd I am the best bank robber in New York.
Well, I don't pay any income tax...You don't pay tax on money you steal...You oughta catch that Johnny Chicken show...Chicken In Black! hmmmmmmmm!