Definition of Frankie and Johnny from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Frankie and Johnny

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an old US ballad (= simple song that tells a story) about a woman who murders her lover and is hanged for the crime. In the story, Frankie sees Johnny with Alice Pry in a Memphis hotel and shoots him three times. Most verses end with the line 'He was her man but he done her wrong’