Song Lyric Sunday – The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Zac Brown Band

I usually try to stay away from songs that will most likely be duplicated by my followers, but this week, I just have to go with the song that first came to mind when I chose this theme.  I realize that I most likely won’t be the only one who uses it, but maybe by going with a cover, I am posting something that is new to you.

I’ve always loved this song and will forever love the original version written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band.  I don’t necessarily think this one is better, but I do like it almost as much.

It’s a classic song and it is so much fun!  Who doesn’t love a story where some guy named Johnny kicks the devils ass?  Even though I’m sure you’re all familiar with it, I do hope you enjoy this cover by Zac Brown Band.

The devil went down to Georgia
He was lookin’ for a soul to steal
He was in a bind
‘Cause he was way behind
And he was willin’ to make a deal
When he came upon this young man
Sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ 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’ll 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
And 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 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
Then he pulled the bow across the strings
And it made an evil hiss
And 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”
He played Fire on the Mountain run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a 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
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 that’s ever been”
He played Fire on the Mountain run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
Granny, does your dog bite? No child, no
Songwriters: Charles Fred Hayward / Charlie Daniels / Fred Edwards / James W. Marshall / John Crain / William J. Digregorio
Devil Went Down to Georgia lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was “devil/demon”.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Song Lyric Sunday – Highway 20 Ride by Zac Brown Band

I immediately thought of two different songs when I posted the theme yesterday – the song I heard when  I thought of the theme, and another long-time favorite.  I was having a hard time choosing between the two, so I asked my fiance for help.  It’s pretty amazing to me how a song can have so much meaning for one person, but it’s only passing good to someone else.

Even as I’m sitting here writing this, I’m thinking of just posting both songs (even though it’s not something I’ve ever done and I really don’t want to do it) because one of them has a deeper meaning for me, but the other one really hit home with my fiance.

The other thing I’ll note is that when I first thought of the theme, I was thinking of happy road trip songs, you know?  But when I really dug into the lyrics and songs I was thinking of,  I realized that they were gloomy and sad.  I’m still going to post them, but just know that I’m apologizing for the mood before I even get started.

So, now that I’m here, I’ve decided to feature one song, but mention the other at the end.  (Why is this post feeling so SoCS today?)

My kiddos got really into the Zac Brown Band a few years ago, so I heard a lot of their music.  While I’m not too excited about country these days, I will admit that I do love these guys.  I love their harmonies and their lyrics.

I had no idea what this song was actually about until I read the lyrics yesterday.  I will say that even as a divorced parent with children, I’ve never really experienced this feeling.  I’ve just always known that my kids were home when they were with me, and they were home when they were with their dad.  I can’t say it’s always been easy, and perhaps my kids feel differently, but I hope they always know that we did our best to keep the status quo for them, even after our marriage fell apart.

So, without further talking, here is my pick for this week.  I hope you enjoy!

Highway 20 Ride by Zac Brown Band
Written by Zac Brown
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

I ride east every other Friday but if I had it my way
A day would not be wasted on this drive
And I want so bad to hold you
Son, there’s things I haven’t told you
Your mom and me couldn’t get along

So I’ll drive
And I think about my life
And wonder why
That I slowly die inside
Every time I turn that truck around right at the Georgia line
And I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

A day might come you’ll realize that if you see through my eyes
There was no other way to work it out
And a part of you might hate me
But, son, please don’t mistake me
For a man that didn’t care at all

And I drive
And I think about my life
And wonder why
That I slowly die inside
Every time I turn that truck around right at the Georgia line
And I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

So when you drive
And the years go flying by
I hope you smile
If I ever cross your mind
It was a pleasure of my life
And I cherished every time
And my whole world
It begins and ends with you
On that Highway 20 ride….

Whoa-ho-oh-oh
20 ride

Whoa-ho-oh-oh
20 ride

Whoa-ho-oh-oh
Highway 20 ride
And I ride

Whoa-ho-oh-oh

The other song I thought of was Rest Stop by Matchbox 20.  Another great song, but completely different in theme.  I don’t think you can ever go wrong with Rob Thomas, though!


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post your favorite road trip song, or a song about road trips.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Song Lyric Sunday – Homegrown by Zac Brown Band

I’m going to go in a slightly different direction this week… I’m feeling the country!  If you didn’t already guess from my music tastes, I pretty much like all kinds of music.  When I was a teenager, I didn’t listen to anything except for country music.  I took some forays into other music here and there, but I always found my way back to it.  It wasn’t until I found alternative music that I realized my music choices had really changed.

For the most part, country is slightly cheesy to me, but every once in a while you can run across some lyrics that are profound as well as a band or singer with some amazing talent.

My kids love Zac Brown Band and I tend to agree with them for the most part.  They really just make me happy and I love their voices and their harmonies.

I wasn’t planning to post this particular song, but one line struck me when I was looking it up.  “It’s the weight that you carry from the things that you want.”  And also, just the amazing reality that being grateful is the happiest place to be.  “I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t.”

I hope you enjoy this week’s Song Lyric Sunday choice.  Feel free read the “rules” below and post some country music of your own, or pick your own song about gratitude and just being happy with what you have.

Homegrown by Zac Brown Band
Written by Zac Brown, Niko Moon and Wyatt Durrette
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

I got a piece of land, out in the countryside
Lay back and smell the sun
Warm up the Georgia pine
Feels so good to be taking it easy
Why would I ever leave?
‘Cause I know

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ‘round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown, Homegrown

We got a fire going down by the riverside
Sip whiskey out the bottle
Livin’ like we’ll never die
Come on and stay a while if you don’t believe me
Why would I ever leave?
‘Cause I know

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ‘round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown, Homegrown

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ’round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need
Homegrown
And nothing that I don’t
Homegrown
Everything I need
Homegrown
And nothing that I don’t
Homegrown

It’s the weight that you carry from the things you think you want
It’s the weight that you carry from the things you think you want
Weight you carry
It’s the weight that you carry from the things you think you want
It’s the weight that you carry from the things you think you want

I got everything I need, nothing that I don’t
Homegrown
Everything I need, nothing that I don’t
Homegrown
Everything I need, nothing that I don’t
Homegrown
Oh, everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown


Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

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