The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia Lyrics - Reba Mcentire

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He was on his way home from Candletop
Been two weeks gone, and he'd thought he'd stop
At Web's and have him drink 'fore he went home to her


Andy Wolloe said hello, and he said hi, what's doin'?
Wo said " Sit down I got some bad news, and it's gonna hurt"
He said "I'm your best friend and you know that's right
But your young bride aint'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 lose your head
Cause to tell you the truth I've been with her myself"

Chorus:

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 back woods southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town's got bloodstains on his hands

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Well, 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 a-makin' 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 in a make believe trial
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile and said
"Supper's waiting at home and I got to get to it"

Chorus:

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 back woods southern lawyer
Cause 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 and back that night were mine
And his cheatin wife had never left town
And that's one body that'll never be found
You see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun

Chorus:

That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia
That's the night that they hung an innocent man
Don't trust your soul with no back woods southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town's got blood stains on his hands

That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia
That's the night that they hung an innocent man
Don't trust your soul with no back woods southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town's got blood stains on his hands






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the history | Reviewer: cory cross | 6/9/13

when i first listened to this song by both vicki lawrance and reb mcentire i didnt really understand it untill i listed to it again but by reba mcenture. and even then i still didnt quite get it untill i asked my dad on a roadtrip when it came on the radio what it acctully ment and it is a acctual murder case and the hanging of a innocent man. and the older brother saw his sister at the scene of the murder and told her to leave and took the rap instead of her because he wanted to protect her because he loved her so much. and come to find out that the sister killed the judge the same night of the hangimg of her brother

The whole truth | Reviewer: Sara lee bonifacio | 5/3/13

Reba mcentire sings it better cause she put more meaning in the song then other singets do the ppl who did it deserve to be hung themselves not a innocnt man when he was out for two weks and his own best friend did that poor man dirty to but it comes down to the judge he did it to but see he wants everyone to belieave he.didnt do anything with the mans wive so hetakes matters into his hands and hundethe man when he isnt the one killed the girl or andy but with that where is that amos boy seth go to did he get killed to or no thats a part u would have to figure out for yourself well the pply got theu

the truth | Reviewer: Sara bonifacio | 5/3/13

I my dang self grew up with this sing I have seen to much of wives girlfriends baby moms cheating when their boes went home or to a bar for being two weeks heck maybe even months and come home to find out that their girl has done wrong I even witnessa fight it wa s between my mom and the.man she was with so I myself foight

Explantion for lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/12

A man comes home to find out from his supposed best friend that his wife has been sleeping around with others, and that Andy his best friend has aslo slept with his wife. he leaves the bar angry and walks home. Then he finds his gun and goes to Andy's home. On his way he sees small (girl) footprints. When he arrives at Andy's home he finds him already dead and fires his gun to get the attention of the police. They find him guilty and hang him before his sister can confess that it was she who killed Andy and her brothers wife.

Great song, | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/24/11

This song used to scare the hell out of me when I was a kid. I first heard it on the Carol Burnett Show when Vicki Lawrence sang it. It was a late Saturday night and I went to bed thinking of these creepy lyrics. I scared easily back then. Someone else recorded it too, right after Vicki's recording. But Vicki's went to #1.

Story line | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/27/11

First of all, I think that the way the song is written purposefully leaves it open to interpretation. It's supposed to leave you guessing. I don't think we are ever supposed to know all the details. But, my take is this: Little sister was in a relationship with Andy (former best friend of Brother)and she found out he was cheating on her with her sister-in law. Little Sister takes matters into her own hands, leading to the murder of Andy. As to the corruption of the justice system, I think that is just a common view of southern police officers. They don't really check the facts, they just want to close the case.

hhmmm... | Reviewer: Katie | 8/12/08

I love this song! Almost everybody else on this board has talked about Vicki Lawrence, and to tell the truth I've never even heard of her. when I waws little my mom told me that it wasn't a good song and that I shouldn't listen to it(in somewhat variated terms)I love my mommy!...

I Love Reba | Reviewer: i love reba! | 2/26/08

Reba is a talented, beautiful person that deserves so much, just what she gave to us. Her songs tell awsome stories that teach us, well at least me. She is so fun and funny, and I realy love her show called"Reba" that is on LifeTime.So like I said, I LOVE REBA,she is one of my top country singers!

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia | Reviewer: Kim | 2/9/08

Well I personally think that Reba Mcentire is a much better singer of the song then Vicky lawarence. If you don't understand the words then you are just too young to get it. It is about a cheating wife and a sister who kills the cheating wife for the brother. Then the brother gets hung the sheriff knew that Andy did not kill Seth.
The sister killed the cheating wife along with Seth and before she could confess to the brother Andy they killed him.
The reason the said that the lights went out was that it was for a lying cheating community.

still dont get it | Reviewer: john | 1/5/08

I understand everything about the song except for one thing. Why did the lights go out in geogia? they hung him not electricuted him,!

What the song is saying | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/07

The girl is singing about her brother and the fact that he was tried and executed for killing his wife and the man she cheated with, Andy Wolloe. She admits in the last verse of the song that it was her that shot both of them and that they killed her brother before she could tell them. The song also implies that the judge knew damn well that her brother hadn't committed the crime.

not sure i understand what happened... | Reviewer: makayla | 11/12/07

i've read the lyrics a few times...and love listening to this song. I'm still not sure i fully understand. Was his brother cheating with the guys wife?? and was the wife the one that shot his brother? could someone please explain. thanks!

Don't kill me, but Vicki's better | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/1/06

I heard the song years and years and.......well you get the picture. I love the song, and since Vicki Lawrence sung it first, you kinda get the gist of what the song is about, but I was listening to it today on the way home and have never understood all the words; thus, never understood what happened exactly in the song. Now I printed the lyrics and understand the song. After all these years!!! haha Love Reba; she's got talent she 'ain't' even used yet, but Vicki Lawrence is better, in my humble opinion, on this particular song.

I love Reba! | Reviewer: Candy Dorscher | 1/13/06

Reba McEntire is so talented, and this song is fun to listen to and sing. Reba's music just makes me want to sing it on a rooftop. But I don't think Reba would appreciate me ruining her song!!!

I love Reba! | Reviewer: Candy Dorscher | 1/13/06

Reba McEntire is so talented, and this song is fun to listen to and sing. Reba's music just makes me want to sing it on a rooftop. But I don't think Reba would appreciate me ruining her song!!!


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