So I got my NSAI feedback last night right before bedtime. He/she liked the song idea and made an interesting suggestion: to tweak my song in the style of That’s the Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. Holy cow! I didn’t sleep well at all last night – I was too busy thinking about the mountain ahead of me and scaring myself silly – lol!

Actually, I think the point was to tell the story in third person, which, ironically, was the original version of my song and I’d tweaked it, thinking it wouldn’t work. Anyway, I’ll take a closer look at this song.

“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”

He was on his way home from Candletop
Been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop
At Web’s and have him a drink for he went home to her
Andy Wo-Lo said hello
He said “Hi what’s new”
And Wo said “Sit down I got some bad news that’s gonna hurt”
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 seeing that Amos boy Seth
Now he got mad and he saw red
Andy said boy don’t you lose your head
Cause to tell you the truth I’ve been with her myselfThat’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man
Well Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hands

Andy got scared and left the bar
Walking on home cause he didn’t live far you see
Andy didn’t have many friends and he just lost him one
Brother thought his wife must’ve left town
So he went home and finally found the only thing
Daddy had left him and that was a gun
He went off to Andy’s house
Slipping through the back woods quiet as a mouse
Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make

He looked through the screen at the back porch door
And he saw Andy lying on the floor
In a puddle of blood and he started to shake

The Georgia patrol was making their rounds
So he fired a shot just to flag em down
A big bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said
“Why’d you do it?”

The judge said guilty on a make-believe trial
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile
Said supper’s waiting at home and I gotta get to it

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man
Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hands

Well, they hung my brother before I could say
The tracks he saw while on his way
To Andy’s house and back that night were mine
And his cheatin wife had never left town
That’s one body that’ll never be found
You see little sister don’t miss when she aims her gun

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man
Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hand

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man
Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hand