Hard times are a-comin, hard times on the way
You might not have tomorrow what you got today
Dark clouds are a-gathering and the skies are turning gray
But hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, everything’s gonna be okay

Hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, everything’s gonna be okay
We’ll dance and sing round the front porch swing, gonna chase them blues away
I don’t have it with me right now, had to put it in the shop
But when I get it out again, good times will never stop

I normally wouldn’t sing in this part, it’s an instrumental break
Where I rip off some licks and do all sorts of tricks to make you give your head a shake
But like I said, I left my banjo at home, I’ll bring it another day
Oh, yeah, right, I mean in the shop, that’s what I meant to say

Hey, everybody I bought a banjo, don’t worry about anything
You’ll be tapping your feet and jumping out of your seat when you hear me play that thing
I’d be the most┬ápopular guy in school if you knew all the stuff I could do
Hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, it really really really is true

Thanks for offering me your banjo, but that’s a different kind
Mine’s specially made for experts, I been playing since I was nine
I know I never mentioned it before, I thought everybody knew
When I’m not practicing karate, playing banjo’s all I do

[Break]

Yeah, I’m really good at karate, I don’t like to blow my horn
But one time these guys tried to jump me, I made ’em wish they’d never been born
Couldn’t really see how many there were, I know three of them had guns
If you don’t believe me ask my girlfriend when she visits from Edmonton

Hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, you better listen to what I say
You might not have tomorrow what you got today
My English teacher’s scared of my poems, but she still gave me an A
Hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, everything’s gonna be okay
Hey, everybody, I bought a banjo, hard times are on the way