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Songs About Georgia

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One day I was thinking…there sure are a lot of songs about Georgia. Just off the top of my head I could immediately recall several. I began to wonder why so many songs are either about Georgia or mention Georgia. I decided it’s because it’s such a wonderful place!

Georgia is extremely diverse – both physically and culturally. You name it, we got it! We have mountains, rivers, waterfalls, beaches, islands, huge lakes, thriving cities, little towns, farms, industries, marshes, estuaries, a huge swamp, and acres and acres of forests. We also have Tallulah Gorge, which I believe is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi.

The state has several interstate highways, including 75, 85, 20, 95, and 16. In addition, we have the best secondary road system in the U.S. At the other end of the spectrum, we still have plenty of remote dirt roads that are perfect for a nice stroll or for horseback riding.

What else we got? Lots of history – Civil War battle fields, antebellum plantations, Native American sites, old lighthouses, and historic cities like Savannah, which was spared by Sherman on his march to the sea.

We also have great colleges like the University of Georgia, Mercer, Emory, Georgia State University, and many others, along with college and professional sports teams.

Georgia has the world’s largest aquarium, theme parks, art galleries, museums, state and regional parks, a national seashore with wild horses, and one of the top U.S. zoos. We Georgians love life and will use any excuse to hold a festival. Take, for instance the Watermelon Festival, the Grits Festival, the Possum Festival, The Gnat Festival, Mule Day, the Swamp Fest, the Big Pig Jig, the Vidalia Onion Festival, the Arts in Black Festival, Wildlife Week, the Peanut Festival, the Pecan Festival, the Sweet Potato Festival, the Cotton Pickin’ Festival, and the Rattlesnake Festival.

Want recreation? We have horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, great golf courses (including the Master’s), tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, panning for gold, mining for gemstones, white water rafting, tubing, jet skiing, and water skiing. In the winter, the mountains often provide sledding.

The people of Georgia, for the most part, are warm and wonderful. We believe in Southern hospitality and show it even to our Yankee visitors (lol!). Sure we have a few rednecks, but we also have our share of urban professionals. I’d venture to say that most of us are somewhere in between!

Dang – it’s no wonder there are so many songs about Georgia! Then again, it could be because it’s one of the few states’ names with just two syllables.

Enjoy these great songs about “The Empire State of the South”! And please, if you know any other songs about my state, let me know so I can add it to the list!

1. “Augusta” by Pinmonkey

You'll have to go here to listen to this song:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/pinmonkey/tracks/augusta--178761595

 2. "Rambling Man" by the Allman Brothers

3. "Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton

 4. "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" by Lobo

 5. "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips

6. "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles

 7. "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels

 8. "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding

9. "Ole Tennessee" by Dan Fogelberg

Yep, it's about Georgia, too! This is an awesome song - one of my all time faves! If you don't listen to any other song on this hub, PLEASE listen to this one. Rest in peace, Dan.

 10. "Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee" by Alan Jackson

 11. "Good Directions" by Billy Currington

This is a cute song.

 12. "Meet in the Middle" by Diamond Rio

 13. "The South's Gonna Do It Again" by Charlie Daniels

14. "Tim McGraw" by Taylor Swift

Beautiful song!

15. "Georgia Rain" by Trisha Yearwood

Ms. Yearwood owns a home in my hometown. This is another beautiful song.

16. "Watermelon Crawl" by Tracy Byrd

17. "Doraville" by Atlanta Rhythm Section

Doraville is a town in metro Atlanta.

 18. "Blood Red and Goin' Down" by Tanya Tucker

19. "Everywhere" by Tim McGraw

20. "The Old Red Hills of Home" by Parade

Sorry, no video available.

21. "Lonesome Boy from Dixie" by Charlie Daniels

No video.

22. "Red Georgia Hills"

I don't know who sang this, but it's a great old Bluegrass tune.

23. "Walkin' Back to Georgia" by Jim Croce

I love Jim Croce! The original version wasn't available, but this guy does a good job. "Hard lovin' Georgia girl" - that's me!

 24. "Pine Box" by Doug Stone

If you've never heard this song, get out the kleenex!

 25. "Christmas in Dixie" by Alabama

26. "Can't You See" by Marshall Tucker Band

Another one of my all time favorites!

27. "Sweet Southern Comfort" by Buddy Jewell

Pretty song!

 28. "American Dream" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

29. "Why Georgia" by John Mayer

I wasn't sure this song was about the state of Georgia - then I read that it is. Mayer moved to Atlanta in 1997.

 30. A commenter tipped me off about this song by Shenandoah - "Moon over Georgia."

31. And how could I have forgotten this classic - "The Night the Lights went out in Georgia"? It was first sung by Vickie Lawrence, and later by Reba McEntire. The original version is below.

 32. Here's another recommended by a reader - "Georgia on a Fast Train," by Billy Joe Shaver.

 33. "Highway 20 Ride," by Zac Brown Band. Ralwus suggested this one, and it's a great song!

 34. "Ole Red," by Blake Shelton. This ballad tells the story of a dog, a GA prison, and a smart inmate.

 35. "Georgia," by Elton John. Utopiarun introduced me to this song.

36. "Oh, Atlanta," by Allsion Kraus. Fellow hubber G.M. Cruz tipped me off to this song. Thanks!

37. "Georgia Clay," by Josh Kelley.


38. "Country Girl" (Shake it for Me), by Luke Bryan.


39. "Georgia Women," by Hill Country Revue.

40. "Head's in Georgia," by Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale.

41. Fellow hubber Alastar Packer reminded me about this one: "Copper Line," by the great James Taylor.

42. Alastar Packer introduced me to this song about the Civil War: "Catoosa County," by Shawn Mullins.

43. "Chicken Fried," by Zac Brown Band.

44. "Toes," by Zac Brown Band. This is a really cute, catchy song.

Comments

Barbie on January 04, 2016:

You forgot "Moon River" by Johnny Mercer. Moon River is located in Savannah, Georgia!!

deandownsouth on January 02, 2015:

three things I like about GA in addition to the other things listed:

Right To Work and Employment At Will state

2nd Amendment friendly gun law that can't be overridden by local gov't.

Stand Your Ground law

Bork on November 15, 2013:

Don't forget these:

Elvis Presley - I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water

Steve Earle - Mercenary Song

Taj Mahal - Statesboro Blues

Olesya on August 06, 2013:

Bev,I am sorry to tell you that your 4'6 flat bed-spring has little or no mtenoary value or a market place. They were an inexpensive widely sold type of spring popular between the two great wars and for a few years into the fifties. They are not more than a metal hammock with no support in the middle, but they do last forever, and maybe, just maybe, provide a less hospitable home to vermin than an upholstered box spring.Marshall Coyle

Martina on August 02, 2013:

I would like to find springs for twin beds which could be used as bunk beds or seatapre twin beds. They might have been sold by Sears? There are 2 wooden slats to hold the springs in place, which sit in wooden pieces on the bedrails. If I can find springs for these beds, I would like to pass them along to my granddaughter for her 2 daughters.The springs were not coil but elongated triangles fastened together with twists of metal.Do you know of a source for such springs which would not cost an arm and a leg to buy?Many thanks for your help,Aileen

Me on May 10, 2013:

"Georgia Peaches" by Lauren Alaina ^.^

Weeze on April 07, 2013:

GEORGIA!!! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kIOSwmMPU0o

Mrs. Flibble on March 04, 2013:

Alison Krauss's "Oh, Atlanta" is a remake of a Bad Company song from around 1979: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zoWZxLarXQ. Another good Georgia song is Little Feet's "Oh Atlanta", which is a totally different song with the same title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4aM4cgIIOY

Lin Parker on December 09, 2012:

Wonderful List!

A couple of very oldies: Sweet Georgia Brown (1925) and Sentimental Gentleman Fro Georgia (1932).

Add Your Comment...

Ray Tapley on November 23, 2012:

"Strolling Along Peachtree Street" was recorded by Frank Sinatra, and "Georgia Sunshine" was written by and recorded by Atlanta native Jerry Reed. Both are terrific songs. Also, one of the big Hollywood technicolor musicals in the 1940s featured a song entitled "About 80 Miles Outside of Atlana."

Jodi on August 07, 2012:

Georgia peaches- Larry sparks

Tyler144 on August 05, 2012:

There's a song from the movie called "Mame" starring Lucille Ball that mentions Georgia a few times, I think you should add it especially since the movie took place there.

It's called "The South Will Rise Again"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUxZd1exbmw

CSG13 on August 04, 2012:

Allman Bros 'Long Time Gone' and Nanci Griffith 'Going Back to Georgia'

Jackie on August 01, 2012:

Wasn't sure if you had Lauren alania - Georgia peaches???

lauren on July 12, 2012:

http://youtu.be/kIJabiKOtCU

amcdonough106 on June 24, 2012:

My mom and I talked about this a lot. I am from Macon and my mom from Warner Robins. I love that someone did some research on this, it is great..I think I am some where between the redneck and the professional.

Navia on May 17, 2012:

" Georgia peaches" lynyrd skynyrd

Skyeboy on March 05, 2012:

Cee Lo does a song called Georgia

Mary on February 23, 2012:

WOW! I was from Michigan but doing a little Georgia research! So helpful wonderful collection!

caiseb3 on February 08, 2012:

Corey Smith has a lot of songs about Georgia. He is from, Jefferson, GA

Johnny Vegas on January 12, 2012:

Great job!! Your native Savannahian Johnny Mercer's "Moon River" and Jingle Bells was written in Ga. Oh Yeah. Boz Scaggs refers to one of your Macon Babies too.

rhonda on January 10, 2012:

Great site. What about honeysuckle rose

klipleri on December 30, 2011:

i heard all songs about Georgia Just off the top of my head I could immediately recall several.

hmmhmm on November 25, 2011:

The band, The Mountain Goats, has a song called 'Going to Georgia.' It mentions Macon and Atlanta.

natures47friend from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on November 15, 2011:

Wow...I have heard of some of those songs!

What is the 'Grits Festival'....sounds intriguing.

ShannaNayCA on November 13, 2011:

There's a really great funky blues song by JJGrey & MoFro called Georgia Warhorse. I'm NOT from Georgia, but my boyfriend is.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 02, 2011:

Robin, that is soooo cool!! Beautiful child!

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on October 13, 2011:

That is an insane list, Habee! Our daughter, Georgia, is going to have so much fun listening to all of your songs tonight! We have always sung the Georgia on my Mind song to her, but that's one everyone knows! When we were in Atlanta I brought her home a bunch of Georgia paraphernalia and she loved it. It was one of my favorite HubCamp stops. The people were so incredibly nice! Thanks for the list!

Robin

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 12, 2011:

Alastar, thanks for visiting! I love living in Georgia. I had forgotten about the James Taylor song.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 04, 2011:

Here's a final one for you. Copperline- James Taylor.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 04, 2011:

Thoroughly enjoyed this reminder of what a great place Georgia is. All the fun things to do and historical places to see, the topography, the people; and of course the diverse styles of music that you mention of with Georgia in the lyrics or title. Here'a a fairly new song from a Georgian: Catoosa County by fellow Georgian Shawn Mullins. If GA has a town called Rockville you could add R.E.M. I once lived in Atlanta as a boy and spent time in Commerce too. Thanks for this fine article, vids, songs and memories habbee.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 16, 2011:

Thanks to all for your lovely comments and for your suggestions! I'm adding more as I find them.

Rhuanito on July 05, 2011:

Thanks for all the amazing songs you posted. Was a great job! I'm living in Georgia for 11 months and I'll go back to my country, but a part of me will be here... Georgia is the greatest place in US ever!!!

Pam on June 21, 2011:

a lovely read!! I would love to visit Georgia!! think my favorite song is On a midnight train to Georgia.

Love from sunny Spain x

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 30, 2011:

Bbird, thanks for visiting!

blackbird on March 18, 2011:

There are actually more than this if you include all the rap/R&B songs. And Georgia Clay by some country artist hah. Thanks for this!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 11, 2011:

Wow, Bill. I can't believe I don't know that song!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 11, 2011:

Thanks, Rhonda. I'll check it out!

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on March 09, 2011:

Conway Twitty's 1978 Number One hit,

"Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring"

is one of the greatest Georgia songs of all time......although the Georgia is a lady, not your lovely state - the song is still worth a few thousand listens.

rhonda on March 04, 2011:

how about Pablo Cruise - Atlanta June? It's an oldie but a goody!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 01, 2011:

Thanks, Athenian! I'll check out "Going to GA"!

Chris, I'll check that one out, too. I love JJ Cale!

Chris on February 24, 2011:

There is a song by JJ Cale and Eric Clapton on the Road to Escondito CD called Head's in Georgia

Athenian on February 22, 2011:

The Love Shack was in Athens, somewhere out Jefferson Highway. The "Atlanta Highway" is the main drag into Athens.

"Going to Georgia" by the Mountain Goats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-xxeSRHuso#t=32s

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 02, 2011:

Thanks, Sam! I'll have to check it out!

Samsatt on February 02, 2011:

Vidalia By Sammy Kershaw

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2011:

I LOVE Marshall Tucker!!!!!

positivevibestech on January 10, 2011:

Marshall Tucker is one of my favorite all time Bands great lense. I live in MN not a lot of great songs about us. you're lucky!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 22, 2010:

Thanks, Paul! I'm honored to have you as a visitor!

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on December 21, 2010:

Our daughter, Georgia, loves the John Mayer song. Great list.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 14, 2010:

Susan, we have a lot of great everything! lol

Susan Sisk from Georgia, USA on November 12, 2010:

This was cool. We do have a lot of great music!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 23, 2010:

Andy, please let me know if you find out!

andy p on September 18, 2010:

i heard a song... "goergias my home, and i love it there..by an american guitarist,,,,,,does anyone know it?

e mail me ,,andrewpalmer904@btinternet.com

andy p on September 18, 2010:

i heard a song... "goergias my home, and i love it there..by an american guitarist,,,,,,does anyone know it?

e mail me ,,andrewpalmer904@btinternet.com

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 07, 2010:

Thanks, Jay!

Jay on September 03, 2010:

HoneyBee festival to lol.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 24, 2010:

thanks for the tip, GM! I'll check it out!

G. M. Cruz from USA on August 23, 2010:

Alison Krauss - Oh Atlanta

Here is one more for the collection.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 08, 2010:

Fruitcake, I'll have to check that one out. Thanks!

fruitcake on August 07, 2010:

Thanks for the songs! There's also "Moon Over Georgia" by Shenandoah...

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 25, 2010:

Epi, thanks for the song tip! Your comments always make my day!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 25, 2010:

Lisa, thank you for your kind words! Welcome!

epigramman on July 18, 2010:

this is of course an epic hub on an epic topic by an epic hub star - but I believe you may have left off one song by my beloved Billy Joe Shaver - Georgia on a fast train - check him out on You Tube - he's terrific - well like you!

WoosterSpring from The Central Valley in California on July 17, 2010:

Hey Habee,

I am new to this site, and I just have to say you are an inspiration! I see you everywhere. Thank you for all of the nice reads!!

Lisa

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 27, 2010:

I agree, Aksana!

aksana777 on June 25, 2010:

Ray Charles is one of the best. How I like his songs! Thanks.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 19, 2010:

Beautiful song, myawn!

myawn from Florida on June 17, 2010:

Nice hub my dad was from Georgia makes me think of him love the songs especially Georgia Rain.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 01, 2010:

Dang, Bos! That song was on my list - don't know how I missed it. Thanks!

bosmex on March 31, 2010:

Sorry, I didn't put the name down but click on the "bosmex" name and you can link to the song..Enjoy !!!!

Reba McEntire - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

bosmex on March 31, 2010:

Hi, I would like to say I'am not from Ga, but I was there for about 21 years, I am from Mexico, but my daughter is a Ga peach, she was born there, I recently moved to Boston Ma, my wife is from, Whintrop, Ma. And she misses Ga a lot.

I have a lot of good and bad memories I prefer the good ones.

And one more thing I may have missed it but how can be you forgit about this Graet Song with one of the greatest singers !!!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 12, 2010:

Thanks, Bpop!

breakfastpop on March 12, 2010:

Fabulous hub, habee and I love the music.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 10, 2010:

Tony, I limited my songs to ones that had the word GA in them. Thanks for reading, pal!

tony0724 from san diego calif on March 09, 2010:

Lotsa good ones here Habee ! I love " Rainy night in Georgia " by Brook Benton. And I have always loved the Allman Bros. And the Atlanta Rhythm Section. I am surprised you did not throw in some B52s ,REM and TLC too. They are all from that neck of the woods too ! And who could not love " Georgia on my mind " by Ray Charles. As I have mentioned in one of my hubs simply one of the most beautiful musical arrangements ever made !

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2010:

Deb, I'm so glad you have happy memories about my state!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2010:

Thanks, Charlie!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2010:

Yen, I wouldn't know where to start with other states!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2010:

FF, great to see ya! Remember - Otis was from GA!

DeBorrah K Ogans on March 09, 2010:

Habee, Nice informative hub! You are so creative! You have a soulful concert going on here as well! Its been years but you brought back great memories of visiting Georgia... Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

ralwus on March 08, 2010:

He sings of crossing the GA line.

Yena Williams from California on March 08, 2010:

Hi Habee! Looking at the Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Charlies Band, you made me go "Duh!; there ARE a lot of songs about Georgia!" You should do these hubs for every state. There goes 49 more hubs right there! =)

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on March 08, 2010:

I only know a fraction of these songs. I forgot Otis Redding mentioned Georgia in that song, I knew it was about San Francisco, but I had forgotten Georgia being in it. WOW, Georgia is very popular, musically. I'll have to go back and listen to some of those songs. Very interesting habee, I like this one.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2010:

I'll check it out, Charlie. REALLY good to "see" you, my friend!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2010:

Thanks for the kind words, Naomi!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2010:

Are you familiar with Rehab? If not, go to youtube and listen to "Sittin' at the Bar" by them. They're from Warner Robbins, GA. As for AL songs, y'all have the clasic - "Sweet Home Alabama"!

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 08, 2010:

Great Hub! Not only is there a lot of songs about Georgia, there are great artists such as REM, B-52's, James Brown, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Ottis Redding, Black Crowes, Chet Atkins, Travis Tritt, Sugarland, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Atkins, Mark Wills, Luke Bryan, & a huge hit right now, Jason Aldean. There is a lot of Hip-Hop coming from Georgia now such as Ludacris, Usher, OutKast, Jermaine Dupri & others. Guess what Habee? Alabama has still got you beat on the number of songs & artists...LOL! I still love Georgia & would live there..My wife did for 10 years..

ralwus on March 08, 2010:

Have you heard Zack Brown Band's Highway 20 ride?

Naomi R. Cox from Elberton, Georgia on March 07, 2010:

This is great, a wonderful tribute for our beautiful state, habee. We also have The Big Iron Crank-Up in Bowman every year. I loved everything about your hub. Really outstanding work! Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the great writing.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 07, 2010:

Great song, Ehern! Did you listen to "Ole Tennessee"? Man, that's a beautiful song!

ehern33 on March 07, 2010:

You ain't gonna believe this but "The Devil went down to Georgia!" I can't get enough of that song.. LOL

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 07, 2010:

Thank you, Prasetio! Glad you enjoyed!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 07, 2010:

Howdy, Ehern neighbor! Which song was your fave?

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 07, 2010:

Those are very beautiful song. I like to hear and watch the video. Two thumbs up for you, Habee.

ehern33 on March 07, 2010:

Great work here Habee, loved the tunes too. Was able to spend some time listening to them as it had been a while since I heard these. Really enjoyed them and great job from your neighbor in Florida.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 07, 2010:

Tony, I'm not familiar with Crawford, but I love the two songs you mentioned. Thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 07, 2010:

Thanks, Ladybird. I can't believe Google hasn't shut the site down. According to the forums yesterday, several hubbers have already complained to google.

GPAGE from California on March 07, 2010:

habee.....the last time I was there was in the early 90's....my cousin had her wedding on St. Simons Island....I thought of visiting some cousins there but not sure when? My grandmother asked to be buried there so after she died, she was flown there and my family there did a separate service for her. She lived here in LA for more then 20 years, but she wanted to be next to her husband that passed before I was born there in Georgia......I would love to go and bring some flowers to put on her grave......I will get there one day!!!

On a lighter note, you can't beat some of that cookin!!!!! The best fruit cobbler I ever tasted.....still not over it!!!! ha Best, G

Tony McGregor from South Africa on March 07, 2010:

A really nice Hub - two of my favouri9te songs in here - Georgia on my Mind with Ray Charles and A Rainy Night in Georgia, though I prefer Randy Crawford's version. Is she from GA? I really like her singing.

Love and peace

Tony

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on March 07, 2010:

GREAT hub! I love this hub and had to share with my hubby since he is from Georgia. You are such a creative person...

go to forums, I posted a link and your hubs are being stolen, sorry for bad news. good news, you have GREAT hubs!!!