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The Charlie Daniels Band performs "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

The Charlie Daniels Band performs "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is a song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections.

The song is written in the key of D minor. Vassar Clements originally wrote the basic melody an octave lower,[citation needed] in a tune called "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" released on Clements' self-titled 1975 album on which Charlie Daniels played guitar. The Charlie Daniels Band moved it up an octave and put words to it. The song's verses are closer to being spoken rather than sung (i.e., recitation), and tell the story of a boy named Johnny, in a variant on the classic deal with the Devil. The performances of Satan and Johnny are played as instrumental bridges. The song was the band's biggest hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100, prevented from further chart movement by "After The Love Has Gone" by Earth, Wind and Fire and "My Sharona" by The Knack.It is featured in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, whose choreographer, Patsy Swayze, claims that she set the song's tempo. "How fast can you dance it?" Daniels asked. "How fast can you play it?" Swayze replied, but considering that the song was recorded in December 1978 and Urban Cowboy was filmed in 1979, it would have been impossible for Swayze to set the recorded song's tempo.

The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down to Georgia Lyrics 

 

The Devil went down to Georgia,

He was looking for a soul to steal

He was in a bind, 'cause he was way behind,

He was willing to make a deal

When he came across this young man

Sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot

And the Devil jumped up on a hickory stump and said,

"Boy let me tell you what:

I guess you didn´t know it, but I'm a fiddle player too,

And if you'd care to take a dare,

I'll make a bet with you

Now you play a pretty good fiddle,

Boy, but give the Devil his due

I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul

'Cause I think I'm better than you"

The boy said, "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin,

But I'll take your bet, you're gonna regret,

'Cause I'm the best there's ever been"

Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard,

'Cause hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards

And if you win you'll get this shiny fiddle made of gold,

But if you lose, the Devil gets your soul!

The Devil opened up his case and he said, "I'll start this show"

And fire blew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow

And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss

Then a band of demons joined in,

And it sounded something like this

When the Devil finished, Johnny said,

"Well you're pretty good old son

But sit down in that chair right there

And let me show you how it's done!"

Fire on the Mountain, run, boys, run

The Devil´s in the house of the rising sun

Chicken in the bread pan a picking out dough,

Granny does your dog bite, "No, child, no"

The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat

And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny´s feet

Johnny said, "Devil, just come on back

If you ever want to try again,

I done told you once, you son of a bitch,

I'm the best there´s ever been"

He played,

Fire on the Mountain, run, boys, run

The Devil's in the house of the rising sun

Chicken in the breadpan a picking out dough,

Granny will your dog bite, "No, child, no"


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