Thursday, January 11, 2007

"The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band

The Devil went down to Georgia.
He was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind and
He was willin' to make a deal.
When he came across this young man sawin' on a fiddle and playin' it hot.
And the Devil jumped upon 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, 'cos 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, your gonna regret, 'cos I'm the best that's ever been."

Johnny you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
'Cos hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals it hard.
And if you win you 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 flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow.
And he pulled the bow across his 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 ol' son.
But if you'll sit down in that chair, right there, and let me show you how it's done."

Fire on the mount, run boys, run.
The Devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pan pickin' out dough.
"Granny, does your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."

The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.
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 that's ever been."

And he played fire on the mount, run boys, run.
The Devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pan apickin' out dough.
"Granny, will your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."



Blogger ellipsis... said...

argh, your killin me with this one, rae ann.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous johnneotaku4life said...

I believe it's
"The devil deals the cards"
"The devil deals it hard"

8:45 PM  
Anonymous johnneotaku4life said...

I love "Devil went down to Georgia"

8:49 PM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

Have you really listened to the song?

Anyway, "'Cos hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals it hard" makes logical sense, more so than "deals the cards". They aren't talking about a card game, and "it" refers to the "hell" that "broke loose" and that the Devil deals, or dispenses, "hard."

But yeah, it is a cool, fun song.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you listen closely it does say "The devil deals the cards," In a way you are right because 'deals it hard' would refer to how tough the devil is, although, " the cards" states that the devil makes the rules in the bets. You could also go look for the lyrics across the web.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its "Son of A Gun"

8:47 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

Okay, I'll give you "cards" even though I know I've heard versions that clearly say "hard". But watch the video I've now added and you'll hear "son of a bitch" for yourself. But whatever, like it matters anyway...

9:31 AM  
Anonymous johnneotaku4life said...

It's "I don told you once you son of a b****, I'm the best there's ever been."

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure it is "Son of a gun" and "deals it hard" i not "deals the cards"


9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

epic !

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the song sounded bettter

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:03 PM  
Anonymous Darin said...

The radio version is "son of a gun." The album version is "son of a bithch." "Hard" and "ahrd" don't rhyme. It is clearly, obviously "the Devil deals the cards," meaning, as stated above, that it's his game and his rules. The use of "cards" and "dealing" has been used for over a hundred years as simile, to convey, among other things, who's in charge of a given situation, fate, one's lot in life. It's an old device, used many, many times. "Deals it hard, aside from the lack of rhyme, makes far less sense. And despite the errors in covered versions you *may* have heard, those are not the lyrics. It's is clearly "deals the cards," as you can see with a cursory web search.
A few lyrics sites show "deals it hard," but listen to the song and it's incredibly obvious that Charlie sings " the cards."

1:18 PM  

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