The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Vicki Lawrence
Language: English

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He was on his way home from Candletop
Been two weeks gone and he thought he'd stop
At William's and have a drink 'fore he went home to her
Andy Wolloe said "Hello"
And he said "Hi, what's doin', Wo?"
"Seth sit down, I got some bad news, it's gonna hurt"
He said "I'm your best friend and you know that's right"
"But your young bride ain't home tonight"
"Since you been gone she's been seein' that Amos boy, Seth"
Well he got mad n' he saw red and Andy said "Boy, don'tcha lose your head"
" 'cause to tell ya the truth, I been with her myself"

That's the night that the lights went out in Geogia
That's the night that they hung an innocent man
Well, don't trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer
'cause the judge in the town's got bloodstains on his hands

Well Andy got scared and left the bar
Walkin' on home 'cause he didn't live far
See, Andy didn't have many friends and he'd just lost him one
Brother thought his wife musta left town
So he went home and finally found
The only thing Papa left him, that was a gun

And he went off to Andy's house
A'skippin' through the backwoods quiet as a mouse
Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make
He looked in through the screen at the back-porch door
And he saw Andy lyin' on the floor
In puddle of blood and he started to shake

Well, the Georgia Patrol was a'makin' thier rounds
So he fired a shot just to flag 'em down
And a big-bellied sheriff got his gun and asked "why'dya do it?'
And the judge said "Guilty" in a make-believe trial
And slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile
Said' supper's waitin' at home and I gotta get to it"

That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia
That's the night that they hung an innocent man

Contributed by Anonymous - 2010/10/27 - 04:46

Questa canzone mi pare che non c'entri nulla col razzismo negli USA. Si tratta di una celebre murder ballad scritta nel 1972 da Bobby Russell, cantautore country che all'epoca era il compagno dell'interprete Vicki Lawrence. L'anno seguente la canzone divenna una hit assoluta.

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

La ballata racconta di tradimento, vendetta, mala giustizia e morte di Stato inflitta ad un innocente.
Intitolò anche uno scarso film del 1981 (compresa nella colonna sonora) la cui trama si ispirava molto blandamente al racconto del brano.

Non c'entra una mazza col razzismo, mentre andrebbe nel percorso sulla pena di morte.

Come spesso abbiamo dovuto già constatare, Mister Anonymous ha contribuito una canzone più o meno "accazzo"...

B.B. - 2019/6/12 - 23:20

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