Rainy Night In Georgia
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Hoverin' by my suitcase
Tryin' to find a warm place to spend the night
A heavy rain a fallin'
Seems I hear your voice callin'
"It's all right"

A rainy night in Georgia
A rainy night in Georgia
I believe it's rainin' all over the world

Neon signs a flashin'
Taxi cabs and busses passin' through the night
The distant moanin' of a train
Seems to play a sad refrain to the night

A rainy night in Georgia
A rainy night in Georgia
I believe it's rainin' all over the world

How many times I've wondered
It still comes out the same
No matter how you look at it, think of it
You just got to do your own thing

I find me a place in a box car
So I take out my guitar to pass some time
Late at night when it's hard to rest
I hold your picture to my chest
And I'm all right

A rainy night in Georgia




A rainy night in Georgia
I believe it's rainin' all over the world

Overall Meaning

The song "Rainy Night in Georgia" by David Ruffin is a melancholic ballad that tells the story of a person travelling on a rainy night, searching for a warm place to spend the night. The singer is haunted by memories of his loved one and the rain reminds him of her presence. The first verse sets the tone for the song, as the singer is shown to be lost, both in his surroundings as well as in his emotions, as illustrated by the lines “Hoverin' by my suitcase / Tryin' to find a warm place to spend the night”. The sound of the falling rain intensifies the feeling of loneliness and isolation by amplifying the sense of one’s own space in the world, and the voice calling his name seemingly represents the memory and imagination of his loved one.


The chorus acts as a refrain that repeats the main theme of the song, "A rainy night in Georgia / A rainy night in Georgia / I believe it's rainin' all over the world". The various noises of the city, like "neon signs a flashin'", "taxi cabs and buses passin' through the night", and "the distant moanin' of a train", only seem to heighten the sense of isolation and heartbreak. The second verse is a realization that sadness and heartbreak is a universal experience, hence the lines "I believe it's rainin' all over the world". The bridge is a realization that being alone is inevitable, and one must learn to be comfortable with oneself as shown by the lines "No matter how you look at it, think of it / You just got to do your own thing". The song ends with the singer finding solace in his memories of his loved one, as he holds her picture close to him as he falls asleep.


Line by Line Meaning

Hoverin' by my suitcase
I am standing near my luggage, unsure of where to go or what to do.


Tryin' to find a warm place to spend the night
I am searching for shelter from the cold, lonely night.


A heavy rain a fallin'
The rain is pouring down hard, making it difficult to see or move about.


Seems I hear your voice callin'
I can hear your voice in my head, comforting me and making me feel less alone.


"It's all right"
As if to reassure me, I hear you say that everything will be okay.


A rainy night in Georgia
I find myself caught in a stormy night in Georgia, feeling lost and alone.


I believe it's rainin' all over the world
The rain represents the universal struggles and hardships that people face across the world.


Neon signs a flashin'
The bright and garish lights of the city provide a stark contrast to the gloomy weather outside.


Taxi cabs and busses passin' through the night
The bustle of the city continues, indifferent to my struggles and loneliness.


The distant moanin' of a train
The train represents movement and the possibility of escape, but its mournful whistle is a reminder of my own sadness.


Seems to play a sad refrain to the night
The train's wail adds to the somber mood of the evening.


How many times I've wondered
I have asked myself this question so many times before.


It still comes out the same
No matter how much I contemplate my situation, I always come to the same conclusion.


No matter how you look at it, think of it
No matter how I approach the situation or try to spin it in a positive light.


You just got to do your own thing
I must focus on what is important to me and take care of myself.


I find me a place in a box car
I have found a temporary home in a train car.


So I take out my guitar to pass some time
I play music to distract myself from my troubles and to make the time pass more quickly.


Late at night when it's hard to rest
At night, when I am tired and lonely, it is difficult to find peace.


I hold your picture to my chest
I cling to the memory of you and the comfort it brings me.


And I'm all right
Despite everything, I am managing to hold on and keep going.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Tony White

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Comments from YouTube:

@jonathanclary3992

God Rest your Soul David Ruffin nobody can sing like you

@43vert

I totally agree, my favorite male vocalist.

@81overon

David never sang. He just opened his mouth and his soul poured out. One of a kind.

@lindawyche6837

Incredible voice! Love you David. RIP!

@margearettarmstrong4779

This is the best rainy night in Georgia I ever heard well done Mr Ruffin RIP

@rosamariaj4307

words can not describe this man's voice

@bmw3842

David was something else. His son isn’t bad either.

@christianzambrano4138

That note at 3:48 gave me goosebumps, amazing.

@kurtcreese

Wow , this rendition of this classic blew me away, o didn't know David Ruffin covered it. Groovy smooth, soulful..... I think I prefer this version now over Brook Benton's version

@dennisscalici4182

David Ruffin makes you feel inside about love hurt and any other human emotion you could think of. Nobody screams like him either

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