lifeblood: songs: lyrics: the devil went down to georgia


the devil went down to georgia
he was looking for a soul to steal
he was in a bind cause he was way behind
and he was willing 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
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
your gonna regret
cause i'm the best that's ever been

johnny you rosin up your bow
and play your fiddle hard
cause hells 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
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 old son
but sit down in that chair right there
and let me show you how its done

fire on the mountain
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
cause i told you once you son of a gun
i'm the best there's ever been

and he played fire on the mountain
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

words and music charlie daniels


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