Letters from the Johnny’s pub – Joplin

 

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you

 

Translated by Emilia Maiella

I possess all imaginary things and sometimes I feel I was wrong. I escaped, I isolated myself from the world where I felt inadequate, to take refuge in this place: it is only here that I find my harmony. Loneliness is a drug, I am not able to calmly face the events and so I let nothing happen in my life. I watch it slip away, nothing has changed since I was a boy, is this a good thing?

Everyone has found a way, in one way or another, everyone managed to integrate and grow. There is an irreproachable sentence in the logic of the broadcast, and it is just that I am a good-looking failure, an outcast who tries to hide his condition. Suffering is difficult to manage.

– This world’s logic is stupid, Johnny.

– Oh, you girl, yeah you: I have to look like a fool to you, right?

– Can you buy me a red ale, Johnny? I heard it is very good.

– Oh, of course: Johnny – I say to Johnny B. Strong – a beer for her. And one for me.

– Right away, Johnny – he replies.

– We were saying? – I ask her.

– No need to repeat – she says – I listened to you. You have no secrets for me, Johnny…

– Oh God, it’s such a relief not to have to repeat… I don’t want to bore you…

– Oh, come on, you’re my Bobby McGee, sweetie…

– It’s an honor…

– Oh, don’t be so complaisant though, Johnny…

– Eh, everyone tell me the same…

– I know, the word has spread, Johnny… you are our idol…

– No, do not say that, please…

Na nana nana … feeling good is easy, when he sings blues pieces…

– Oh, yeah…

– This place makes me feel good, Johnny…

– You make me feel good!

– I’m happy, Johnny. Don’t pay attention to what people say, let them do it, an it’s from the girl one who was elected ugliest man of the campus, when I was at university…

– Well.

– Well, it mustn’t be easy when you’re young…

– No. Well, those memories are bitter… ah, my juvenile acne…

– Yeah…

– Do you know what I envy you, Johnny?

– You to me? And what?

– You are not afraid of loneliness. I was terrified of it…

– I don’t have your voice…

– I was afraid it would abandon me, a fucking fear, Johnny…

– Well, it never abandoned you.

– No, it was just a fear. It seems that your head doesn’t stop offering you bad thoughts… this is what scared me of loneliness, Johnny… but then I realized that those thoughts were just words. And I used them, singing them out.

– Making love with twenty thousand people…

– Ugh, do not get all moralist.

– It was just to say…

– It’s the blues, Johnny, it’s all here, there’s not much else…

– Yeah, easy to say…

– Ah, how good this place makes me feel!

– You can come whenever you want, do you know?

– I know, sweetie…

– Sure.

– Do you know what we’re doing now, Johnny?

– What are we going to do?

– We’ll drink another beer!

– Of course!

– But you don’t be so complaisant, Johnny!

– No, as if…

– Oh, how I feel good in this place!

– You… you’re so beautiful when you’re happy…

– You’re a good man, Johnny… na nana na… it’s easy, when you sing blues songs…

– Yeah…

– Now I’ll do one thing just for you, Johnny, but you don’t think about being a failure anymore.

– All right.

– Fragility, what is the use of concealing it? Give some punch in the wind, Johnny. It will be like facing life.

– Yeah.

– And remember: every time I’ll see a postcard with Letters from Johnny’s pub, I’ll run to see you, Johnny.

– Good.

– Ok? The next song is a readaptation. It’s called, Me and Johnny B. Boogie

 

LETTERS FROM THE JOHNNY’S PUB

  1. Introduction
  2. Pete Townshend
  3. Keith Richards
  4. John Lee Hooker
  5. Janis Joplin
  6. Chuck Berry
  7. Patti Smith
  8. Syd Barret
  9. Debbie Harry
  10. Cheeta
  11. Mick Jagger
  12. Keith Richards, James Brown, John Belushi
  13. Stuart Sutcliffe
  14. Keith Richards 2
  15. Sgt. Pepper

 


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