The Devil Went Down to Georgia chords by The Charlie Daniels Band


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The Devil Went Down to Georgia | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Dm | C |
| Dm C Bb Am | Gm A7 Dm A C |
| Dm | Dm A C | Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |

Verse 1

| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
The devil went down to Georgia, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind and he was willin’ to make a deal.
| N.C | N.C |
When he came across this young man sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot.
| N.C | N.C A C |
And the devil jumped up on a hickory stump and said, “Boy, let me tell you what”

Verse 2

| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
“I guess you didn’t know it but I’m a fiddle player too.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you.
| N.C | N.C |
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the devil his due.
| N.C | N.C A C |
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ‘Cause I think I’m better than you”.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
The boy said, “my name’s Johnny and it might be a sin.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) (A B C) |
But I’ll take your bet, you’re gonna regret ’cause I’m the best there’s ever been”.

Chorus 1

| Dm | C |
Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
| Gm | Dm |
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Georgia, and the devil deals the cards.
| Dm | Gm |
And if you win, you get this shiny fiddle made of gold.
| A | (A G F E) |
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

Instrumental 1 (violin)

| Dm | C |
| Dm C Bb Am | Gm A7 Dm A C |
| Dm | Dm A C | Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |

Verse 3

| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
The devil opened up his case and he said, “I’ll start this show”
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow
| N.C | N.C |
And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss.
| N.C | N.C A C |
Then a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this:

Instrumental 2 (guitar)

||: Dm Dm7 | C Dm :||

Violin solo 1

||: Dm Dm7 | C Dm :|| x4 (bass line riff)
| Dm Dm7 | C Dm | Dm Dm7 | A5 Bb5 C5 C#5 |
| D5 | D5 A C | Dm | Dm |

Verse 4

| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
When the devil finished, Johnny said, “well, you’re pretty good, ol’ son.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
But sit down in that chair right there and let me show you how it’s done”.

Bridge 1

| Dm | Dm |
“Fire on the Mountain” run boys, run.
| C | C |
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun.
| Dm | Dm |
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough.
| C | C |
Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no.

Violin solo 2

||: Dm | C :|| x3
| A | A | A C | Dm | Dm |

Verse 5

| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
The devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.
| Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |
And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny’s feet.
| N.C | N.C |
Johnny said, “Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again.
| N.C | N.C |
I done told you once you son of a bitch, I’m the best that’s ever been”.

Bridge 1

| Dm | Dm |
“Fire on the Mountain” run boys, run.
| C | C |
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun.
| Dm | Dm |
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough.
| C | C |
Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no.

Outro

| Dm | C | Dm | C |
| Dm | (D E F G) | (A G F E) |
||: (D C Bb A) :||
| D C Bb A | G F D |



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The Devil Went Down to Georgia Analysis + TAB

Featured in Guitar Hero, it was tempting to look at how that was played but after listening to the original, I decided to attempt transcribing the fiddle part instead, it is incredible.

The note choices, how it switches from Mixolydian to Ionian, Harmonic Minor to Dorian, I love it!

Here’s the TAB for that fiddle melody, practice slowly!

The Devil Went Down To Georgia Main riff melody

The Devil Went Down To Georgia‘s chords are much simpler than that melody.

The verse is basically just a held VI chord, a Dm.

The chorus starts moving around in the key of Dm using VI – V – II – VI. The second line is VI – II – IIIx, like this:

| Dm (VI) | C (V) | Gm (II) | Dm |
| Dm | Gm | A (IIIx) | (A G F E) |

Following these simple chords, we get several per bar which works as a great contrast to the verse (hold one chord) and the simple chorus. Here are the instrumental section’s chords:

| Dm (VI) | C (V) |
| Dm C Bb (IV) Am (III) | Gm (II) A7 (IIIx) Dm A C |
| Dm | Dm A C | Dm (hold) | Dm (hold) |

That middle line is descending VI – V – IV – III, then ascending II – IIIx – VI, and the final AC is probably best played as single notes or power chords.

As a member, you get the TAB for how to play the rhythm part, the breakdown riff (which is the blues scale, there are so many scales in this tune!), and the end which is genius.

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

The Charlie Daniels Band’s signature song; The Devil Went Down To Georgia is terrifying!

Charlie Daniels Band‘s signature song The Devil Went Down To Georgia is a proper challenge, especially if you’re going to attempt to play that fiddle melody on the guitar!

Since the original release, several acts have covered it, not just Steve Quimette (that’s the Guitar Hero version). Rednex, The Levellers, Nickelback, and even Korn have all had a stab at it.

Having transcribed the original fiddle part, I really think you should try it even if you don’t plan to play it live, it’s just such a great exercise and challenge.

In fact, it was so difficult to transcribe that I had to find the notation for fiddle, and then put that into TAB, it was just too hard to work out all the details by ear!



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