The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

from MANIC MUSIC by Kid Mania

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He was on his way home from Candletop

He’d bin two weeks gone so he thought he’d stop

At Webb’s and have him a drink fore he went home to her.

Andy Boylow said, “Hello—”

And he said “Hi what’s doin, bro?”

Said, “Siddown. . .I got some bad news it’s gonna hurt.”

“I’m your best friend and you know that’s right,

But your young bride ain’t home tonight

Since you bin gone she’s been seein that Ames boy, Seth.”

My brother got mad and he saw red

And Andy said, “Boy, dontcha lose your head,

Cos to tell ya the truth. . .I bin with her myself.”

Andy got scared and left the bar

Walkin on home cos he didn’t live far
See, Andy didn’t have many friends. . .and he’d just lost him one.

My brother thought his wife musta left town,

So he went home and finally found
The only thing that Papa had left him and left was the gun.

Then he went off to Andy’s house,

Slippin through the backwoods quiet as a mouse—

Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make.

Looked through the screen at the back-porch door,

And he saw Andy lyin on the floor

In a puddle of blood. . .and he started to shake.

Georgia Patrol was a makin their rounds,

So he fired a shot just to flag em down,

And a big-bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said, “Why’d ya do it?”

Judge said, “Guilty” in a make-believe trial,

Sheriff slapped the judge on the back with a smile,

And 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

Well don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer

Cos the judge in the town’s got blood stains on his hands

Well they hung my brother before I could say

The tracks he saw while on his way

To Andy’s house in back that night, they were mine.

And his cheatin wife had never left town

And that’s one body that'll never be found

See, little brother don’t miss when he aims his gun.

That’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 backwoods Southern lawyer
Cos the judge in the town’s got blood stains on his hands.

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from MANIC MUSIC, released April 3, 2019

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