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The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Charlie Daniels Band Lyrics

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 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 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, 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
And he pulled the bow across the strings
And it made a 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, ol' son
But sit down in that chair right there
And 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 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 wanna 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
Devil's in the House of the Rising Sun
The chicken in the bread pan are pickin' out dough
Granny, will your dog bite? No child, no

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Charles Fred Hayward, Charlie Daniels, Fred Edwards, James W. Marshall, John Crain, William J. Digregorio

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JD Racing 84

"I done told you once you son of a bitch I'm the best there's ever been." Heard that line 1,000 times and I still get amped everytime I hear Charlie say it. Rest easy Charlie.

Sean Womble

Love the song but isn't pride a sin?

Chuck the Sham

He done opened up a can of whoopass


He is the best that ever been!! Haven't you seen him shred his strings!?!?

Shelly Terral

@major johnson ‍ Me too. I'm always late....🤷

Shelly Terral

I'm just here, wondering what Brad Watson said. 🙎

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batsonelec C

Charlie played both the Devil and Johnny's parts, so that means Charlie is actually the best that ever was.


Many tell the tell of that Fiddle player
No men really know
The sound that Golden Fiddle made
When Chalie ripped on that golden bow



Dbru Tiger

It doesn’t mean he played it better than johnny it just ment he played it have you heard johnny play best there’s ever been

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