Tuesday, June 02, 2009

VE's "Devil Went Down to Georgia" Analysis

Yes, it's time once again for another song alalysis. I've got some requests but this song by the Charlie Daniel's Band just begged for an analysis. Yeah, I'm still stuck in the 70s, but come on, they're just so damned stupifying...

The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind: he was willin' to make a deal.

The Devil doesn’t seem to be nearly the fun party guy or even smart for that matter. Why is he looking in Georgia? He should be in the Grand Cayman Islands basking in the hot sun. He’s not going to get skin cancer, he’s the Devil! Plus there are plenty of drunken sunburned tourists that would probably give him their soul for another drink.

Also…does the Devil really have a count and a quota to reach? Who in the hell would he have to report that to? I mean…he’s the Devil! He doesn’t report to anyone. Lame concept, indeed!

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 bet 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.

Really? The Devil plays the fiddle? Where exactly did the Devil learn fiddle playing from, Julliard? Or is it that the devil simply knows how to do everything.

"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."

Oh now this is dumb. Can’t we work with cash here? A golden fiddle is ridiculous. First of all, it’s way too heavy to actually play and without the wood it’ll sound terrible. Secondly, you’d just have to go through the hassle to melt it down or sell it on Ebay so you can pay the mortgage, anyway.

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."

Is there really a reason why we need to know his first name? Wouldn’t the Devil already have that information? He's the Devil!!! We really haven’t had a lot of character building into the song so I don’t think putting a name to our innocent fiddler necessarily completes that task. Oh, and secretly at this point I’m sort of hoping the Devil wins just because Johnny is so full of himself.

Johnny you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
'Cos hells 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.

What exactly constitutes hell breaking loose? You hear that all the time. Who binded up hell in the first place? No wonder they're always pissed off in hell.

The devil opened up his case and he said: "I'll start this show."
And fire flew from his fingertips as he resined up his bow.

Remember, folks, pyrotechnics during the performance only counts for a quarter of the overall score. And pay no attention to the fact that flaming fingertips would probably melt the strings and burn the fiddle.

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.

Wait-a-minute here; where did the band of demons come from? Nobody said this was a band competition. It takes time to find suitable bandmates that play well with you and don’t overdose. The devil isn’t playing fair….duh!

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 its done."


Ok, but where will the band of demons sit? Can you see them all politely sitting and listening to Johnny’s solo performance? I can’t either…

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

Errr…why does the Devil want this guys soul? He’s not making a lot of sense. I have no idea what in the hell he’s saying or playing here. Something about doughy chicken that Granny is making for the Devil and her dog I guess…

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.

You know, what is this whole notion that the Devil is going to play fair after losing the challenge? First of all, who determined Johnny won? The band of demons? Second of all, why would the Devil play fair and actually give him the golden fiddle? He’s the Devil!!!! Of course he’s going to cheat and lie. It’s like some sort of unwritten law that the devil must abide to his offerings or something. Yeah, right!

Johnny said: "Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.
"I told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best that's ever been."

Of course telling the Devil that he’s a son of a bitch is probably just a compliment. Just wait until he comes back to collect Johnny’s soul for all the sins he’s committed throughout his life. We’ll see who’s laughing then…

55 comments:

subtorp77 said...

oh this is even better than the last one, VE!LMAO!!!

Ya gotta do "Sympathy for the Devil" now....

Chris Wood said...

As to the Devil's quota, sadly he has been under pressure. Hell's been taken over by HR, and they've downsized his workforce.

Oh, those little bastards get everywhere!

Anne said...

...Julliard...

hehehe

VE said...

subtorp77 - Good choice. I'll add it to the list. I'm pretty deviled out right now but I'll get to it

anne - I guess if the devil went there, the entry requirements are really down...

moooooog35 said...

Here's my version:

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia

And was killed by an angry mob because he wasn't wearing a Dale Earnhardt NASCAR jacket."

VE said...

chris - I thought that's what HR really stood for....hell's resources

VE said...

moooooog35 - Ha! How true. That and he didn't know who the belt holder was for the WW Wrestling championship...

Kurt said...

I always liked that song.

Quirkyloon said...

A couple of points.

With the failing dollar, I'd take a fiddle of gold and use it as collateral. Forget the melting...too much trouble.

And the band of demons?
Come on VE...that's the Devil's posse or entourage. Remember misery loves company, so the Devil's always got lots of angry demons with him.

Okay. That's all. *smile*

VE said...

kurt - You're scaring me...

quirkyloon - The dollar is not failing...it just owes the yen and Euro a whole lot of money!

Beth said...

So often I find it difficult to come up with a decent comment re: your posts because I end up just sitting here laughing once I’ve read them – thinking clearly is not happening.
This is one of those times! Well done.

Roy Scribner said...

The devil would have been a lot better off partying with the Dead. After all, Jerry Garcia said "a friend of the devil is a friend of mine."

VE said...

beth - Awww, thanks. You do think clearly from time-to-time, right? ;)

roy - True! I always thought the rest of the band should get together for a reunion concert. They could call it "Night of the Living Dead"...

Maureen said...

The thing I remember the most about this song was the radio stations bleeping out "son of a bitch"....

Ah, those were the days.

VE said...

maureen - I remember that too! How scandalous! ha ha

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

They still bleep stuff out, but usually miss the actual word.

VE said...

perpetual - Sometimes they actually replace them too. That song "You're Beautiful" has the phrase "F**king high" in it and they use "Flying high" on the radio.

The Hussy Housewife said...

Love your song breakdowns. I will have to submit a request sometime.

Gladys said...

Maybe it was Simon who decided the devil had been beat. Oh wait Simon is the Devil.

Gladys said...

Maybe it was Simon who decided the devil had been beat. Oh wait Simon is the Devil.

Gladys said...

Maybe it was Simon who decided the devil had been beat. Oh wait Simon is the Devil.

VE said...

hussy housewife - Thanks. By all means, suggest a song. I do take requests.

gladys - You didn't say "Simon Says"...on any of them...

leelee said...

Did the devil take I-95 to get there? if so..he got HIS alright!

HUGS!

ReformingGeek said...

That's great, VE! I'll never be able to hear that song again without remembering your analysis. I never thought it made much sense but I'm finding that most songs don't make a lot of sense!

VE said...

leelee - See, that's the trouble with the devil...he's got the transporter and just appears everywhere he wants to go. He gave us roads and cars...

reforminggeek - That's been my conclusion too...most songs don't make a lot of sense. But then, what really does these days?

Dee said...

you just ruined the damn song for me! thanks VE

VE said...

dee - You're welcome. I like to ruin songs and bring despair to the world with my nonsense. I should start a reality TV show now...

Ronda Laveen said...

The Devil went down on Georgia? Isn't that illegal in that state?

Megan said...

"they're just so damned stupefying" - Agreed, VE. Agreed.

VE said...

ronda - Good point...that's probably why he went!

megan - Stupifying...another of my favorite words...

Brian Miller said...

omg. that was amazing. the comments just add to the party. your commentary will be running through my head the next time it hits the radio.

Nessa said...

We saw The Charlie Daniel's Band do this live. He was so sick but he still ripped it.

VE said...

brian - Thanks. Yes, it is an unfortunate side effect that my analysis post ruins songs...

nessa - Can he still play the fiddle that fast? He must be fairly old now...

Uncivil said...

Why does that song make me what to consume large quantities of adult beverages? The South has been spoofed again! Good un!

Elizabeth said...

I remember hearing this song where they didn't bleep out the word, but changed it to "son of a gun".

Serena said...

I'm so glad to finally know what that song means.:)

Jaime said...

i've heard this song a million times. but it took reading this post to actually learn the lyrics

VE said...

uncivil - Most things make me want to consume alcoholic beverages...

elizabeth - That's a crime! Besides, I've never heard of guns breeding...

serena - Yes, I try to do my part in the world...

VE said...

jaime - Sometimes its better not to know...

gab said...

Ok first Im gonna be picky....why didnt you change "the Devil" to red color when you wrote about it after all you are writing about the "devil"? Ok and as far as the song goes your right where did his band come from? and how the hell is that fair to Johnny? And why did he give up just like that after all like you said he's the "devil" As far as my learnings go he is neither fair nor just. Oh my gosh I gotta get a life.

colbymarshall said...

believe me...the devil finds plenty of his heat in GA...it's freakin' boiling down here today!

Bee said...

I was going to say something bad about the devil but it's late I don't want him to come get me... yet.

VE said...

gab - You have a good point. I should have used red. I'm such a slacker...

colby - Ha! Do you have like an all altert when Georgia posts get made? Sorry about the heat...we have low 80s and low humidity.

bee - Now he's gonna do it just to spite you...that's the devil for you...

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Hell breaks loose around here ALL THE TIME, so I can tell you, with a fair amount of certainty that when hell breaks loose it almost always involves small children. Hell hath no fury like an angry toddler!

Now I've got to download that song from iTunes...it's going to be going through my head all day long! And the movie Urban Cowboy will be too...

VE said...

arizona - And just wait until they are teenagers!!!!

Baino said...

Gawd I bet you're no fun to watch a horror movie with 'put the lights on', 'look behind you', 'he's in the wardrobe', 'Nooo don't look in the mirror bro!' . . GAH! Fun post

Janna said...

Of COURSE the devil has a soul-quota each month.

If he doesn't make the quota, god appoints some other evil person to take over the job.

For example, sometimes Rush Limbaugh gets to sub while Satan is on vacation.

When Satan finally retires, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are going to have a steel cage death match to decide who gets the job.

The Incredible Woody said...

I never knew that line was 'Granny, does your dog bite'!

VE said...

baino - Nah...I'm a good movie goer. I watch a lot of them...

janna - Now THAT sounds like a TV series! Start writing the script...just give me credit for the inspiration!

incredible - Me neither...

yellojkt said...

I hate the radio version where they say "you son of a gun". It sounds so lame.

VE said...

yellojkt - I guess I've never really heard it like that before. It would irritate me for sure...

Mrsupole said...

All I could think to say was; "The Devil made me do it." I was thinking the devil made you spoof this song.

I know I have had to of heard this song before, but I surely cannot remember it. I can say I enjoyed your spoof.

God bless.

VE said...

mrsupole - He just might have made me do it. Either that or it was the gnomes...

Dalton J. Fox said...

The band of demons joining in has always bugged the shit out of me! Where'd they come from and why are they allowed to help the Devil? I've always wondered that.

That being said, I've never thought Johnny's part of the song was better than the Devil (plus demons). If I'd been judging, as horrible as this may sound, the Devil would've won. I'm now going to hell for saying that.

VE said...

dalton - Yeah...that always made me go "what the...?" which is why I covered this song next.