The song is written in the key of D minor. Vassar Clements originally wrote the basic melody an octave lower, in a tune called "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" released on Clements' self-titled album on which Charlie Daniels played guitar. The Charlie Daniels Band moved it up an octave and put words to it. The song's verses are closer to being spoken rather than sung i. The performances of Satan and Johnny are played as instrumental bridges. The song is an uptempo bluegrass song about the Devil 's failed attempt to gain a young man's soul through a fiddle -playing contest that involves enticing the young man's participation with a worldly prize. The song begins as a disappointed Devil arrives in Georgia , apparently "way behind" on stealing souls , when he comes upon a fiddle-playing young man named Johnny. At that moment, Johnny happens to be playing his fiddle impressively "hot. The Devil offers to give Johnny a golden fiddle if the young man plays better than he does; otherwise, the Devil will gain Johnny's soul.
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Home Free Lyrics. The devil went down to georgia, He was looking for a soul to steal He was in a bind, 'cause he was way behind, So he was willing to make a deal When he come across this young man Sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot And the devil jumps 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 a 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 that'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'll get This shiny fiddle made of gold, But if you lose, the devil gets your soul! The devil opened up his case and 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 an 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 old 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 The chicken in the bread pan picking out dough Granny does your dog bite? No, child, no 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 c'mon back If you ever wanna try again 'Cause I told you once, you son of a gun, I'm the best that's ever been! Devil's in the house of the rising sun Chicken in the bread pan picking out dough, Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no. Submit Corrections. Digregorio, Lucy Cantley, John Crain.