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From: Jason Wendtland
Thanks to FroggyJ3@aol.com for providing the lyrics to 
this sizzling song!
Words and music:  Charlie Daniels


The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Violin solo to these chords on guitar:
Dm, C ;  Dm-C-Bb-A-G-F-E-Dm ; Bb-C-Dm


[Dm]The devil went down to Georgia
he was looking for a soul to steal
He was in a bind cuz 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 apon a hickory stump
and said boy let me tell you what[Bb-C-Dm]
[Dm]I bet you didn't know it
but I'm a fiddle player too
And if you'd care to make 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
cuz I think I'm better than you[Bb-C-Dm]
The boy said my name's Johnny
and it might be a sin
But I'll take your bet your gonna regret
cuz I'm the best that's ever been


[Dm]Johnny your rosin up your bow
and [C]play your fiddle hard
Cuz [Gm]hell's broke loose in Georgia
and the [Dm]devil deals it hard
And if you win you get this shiny [Gm]fiddle made of gold
But [A]if you lose the devil gets your soul


Violin solo:  Dm, C ; Dm-C-Bb-A-G-F-E-Dm


[Dm]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[A-C-Dm]


Devil Solo:  Dm C Dm (7 times) then G-A-Bb-C-Db-Dm  C-Db-Dm


[Dm]When the devil finished Johnny said
well you're pretty good ol' son
But sit down in that chair right there
and let me show you how its done


[D]Fire on the mountain run boys run
[C]The devil's in the house of the risin' sun
[D]Chicken in the bread pin pickin' out dough
[C]Granny does your dog bite no, child, no


Solo:  Dm, C, Dm, C, Dm, C, {A} {A} {A}  A-C-Dm


[Dm]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 bitch
I'm the best that's ever been


And he played [D]fire on the mountain run boys run
[C]the Devil's in the house of the risin' sun
[D]Chicken in the bread pin pickin' out dough
[C]Granny does your dog bite no child no


Outro solo- Dm, C, Dm, C, Dm, C-Dm-Em-G-A-G-F-E;
Dm-C-Bb-A; Dm-C-Bb-A; Dm,  C-Dm


These are the lyrics to the new version "The Devil Returns to Georgia"

Performer: Mark O'Connor with Charlie Daniels
Featuring: Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt
Album: Heroes
Words and music: Crain, Daniels, Digregorio, Edwards, Hayward, Kott, Marshall, 
O'Connor, Spicher, Story, Stuart
From: Guitar Picker

The Devil Returns to Georgia

It's been ten long years since the devil laid his fiddle at Johnny's feet
And it burned inside his mind the way he suffered that defeat
In the darkest pits of hell the devil hatched an evil plan
To tempt the fiddle player for he's just a mortal man
"The sin of pride," the devil cried is what will do you in
"I thought we had this settled, I'm the best there's ever been."

Johnny did you ever know that time keeps marching on
The coldest hour is the one comes just before the dawn
The devil's back in Georgia will you stand up to the test
Or will you let the devil be the best?

"In truth I haven't played much since the baby came in June
But give me half a minute an' I'll get this fiddle back in tune"

The devil grabbed the golden fiddle out of Johnny's hand and said
"Though I'm the fiddle player underground and I walk upon the land"

"Y'all just better be just turnin' back if you want this boy to win
'Cos practice is the only cure for the predicament he's in"

"Now devil it would be a sin for you to get my bow
You go on back to hell and to the wood shed I will go"

Johnny are you practising or will your hands grow cold?
The devil walks the land and plays a fiddle made of gold
Can you hear the babe a crying, will he ever know
The devil wants his daddy's very soul?

"Before we play I want to thank you for letting God's own Word ring true
He said you can't be trusted" "Yes but what you gonna do?"
"Well you get your fiddle devil if you think that you can win
'Cos I beat you once you old dog and I can whip your butt again"

John Brown's green, the devil is red
Mama's little baby loves short-nymph bread
The devil's dream is that he can win
But Johnny is the best that's ever been


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