Friday, May 26, 2006

Georgia On My Mind












My version is by Michael Bolton (which is amazing), but it would be sacreligious to not include Ray Charles when referring to this song.

Georgia On My Mind
Michael Bolton

Georgia, Georgia
the whole day through
just an old sweet song
keeps Georgia on my mind
talkin 'bout Georgia
I'm in Georgia
so love you
comes as sweet and clear
as moonlight through the pines

Other arms that reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
the road leads back to you

Georgia, sweet Georgia
No peace I have found
Just an old sweet song
keeps Georgia on my mind
Georgia on my mind

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
the road leads back, leads back to you
ohhh Georgia, Georgia, sweet Georgia
no peace, no peace I've found
Just this old sweet song
keeps Georgia forever on my mind
Just an old sweet, sweet, sweet song
keeps Georgia forever on my mind

4 Comments:

Blogger Colleen said...

good thing you don't live in georgia, papi

them's fighting words down here. ray charles is sacrosanct in these parts...unbeknownst to me when i moved here and got the hairy eyeball for saying that i didn't know he sang a version.

interesting though (and yes i realize that this is becoming a book) that they immortalize his version of georgia while he made pepsi commercials. food for thought

3:16 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

The first time I heard the song it was the Michael Bolton version, then I heard Ray Charles. That's the version I would have in my itunes...if I had the song.
But I don't, and Ive probably only ever driven through Georgia and, I dont have a reason for it to be on my mind.
So yeah, it's not. :)

7:43 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I think if I had both versions on hand, Ray Charles would be my choice. Alas, I own only the Michael Bolton version; a pretty good, if distant second. Here's some stuff from Wikipedia (I always thought it was really about a woman):

"Georgia on My Mind" is a song written by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael; it is the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia.

Gorrell wrote the lyrics in 1930 for Hoagy's sister Georgia Carmichael. Hoagy added the music. Ray Charles's 1960 recording of it became a major hit, and (in a mutual symbol of reconciliation after conflict over civil rights issues) he performed it on March 7, 1979 before the Georgia General Assembly, which on April 24 officially adopted it as the state song.

The song, sung by Ray Charles, is played with a video montage each time that Georgia Public Television goes off the air (now generally only late on Sunday nights, instead of nightly).

9:19 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

it is even on our "welcome to georgia" signs

"we're so glad you have georgia on your mind" is our slogan.

no lie

8:55 AM  

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