Devil Went Down to Georgia
This is an online fiddle lesson for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band.
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Genre: Country, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of Dm
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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing "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, 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.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia Prelude The Devil went down to Georgia He was lookin' for a soul to steal He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind 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 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'm gonna take your bet, and you're gonna regret 'Cause I'm the best there's ever been" Johnny you 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 Interlude And then he pulled his bow across the strings And it made an evil hiss And a band of demons joined in And it sounded something like this Devil's fiddle break When the Devil finished Johnny said, "Well you're pretty good old son But sit down in that chair right there 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 peckin' out dough Granny does your dog bite? No child, no!' Johnny's first fiddle break 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 wanna try again I done told you once, you old dog, I'm the best there's ever been" He played, 'Fire on the Mountain', run boys, run Devil's in the House of the Rising Sun Chicken in the bread pan peckin' at dough Granny does your dog bite? No child, no!' Johnny's second fiddle break and ending