Johnny Panic

from by Mackenzie Roark

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Music and Lyrics written by Mackenzie Roark
Lead Vocals: Mackenzie Roark
Electric Guitar: Mackenzie Roark
Backing Vocals: Sarah Wilcox
Drums: Jack Burg
Bass: Ben Edwards
Pedal Steel: Charlie Thompson
Mandolin: Mark Bryan
Engineered by Tank Productions
Producer: Mark Bryan and Chucktown Music Group


Johnny Panic was a fine old friend of mine
We go way back, back to the beginning of time
He went with me most everywhere, and honestly I didn’t care
What Johnny Panic did or didn’t do
So he sat and watched me stumbling along as I grew

Years went by and Johnny told me one day
“I’m here for good, so don’t even try to get away”
He dug his claws deep in my side, I tried to run, I couldn’t hide
‘Cause good ole Johnny Panic knew me well
So I let him change the shape of my face and in exchange he gave me hell

Johnny Panic, you straight-shooting son of a gun
I thought you were a better man, I thought you were an innocent one
Johnny Panic, oh Johnny Johnny, why?
I thought you taught me how to live, when really you just left me here to die

Every time I walked away, I always ended up back in his bed
He held me tight and put the lies of love and luxury into my head
‘Till I was just a bag of flesh, a pile of bones, a sorry wretch
Livin’ in ole Johnny Panic’s world
Lord, won’t you have some mercy on this girl?

So I’m goin’ home, I’m shakin’ his shadow from my skin
I don’t know just what I’m gonna do if he shows his face again
I miss his warmth and company, this freedom is so bittersweet
I guess it was the time to make a change
But Johnny Panic always stays the same


from Mother Tongue, released November 17, 2016



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Mackenzie Roark Richmond, Virginia

Mackenzie Roark is a singer/songwriter from Richmond, VA. Influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, and Bob Dylan, among many others, Mackenzie is drawn to the type of music that makes you want to load your wife and kids in that old wagon and cruise down the interstate towards a simpler life. Her first EP, Mother Tongue, is available now. ... more

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