I've had this earworm in my head since the election highlighted Macon County, Georgia.
just that heartfelt shout: "as I cross the Macon county line
Going to Georgia" . . . it's catchy as fuck. stays with you. I thought how he considered what he'd created was really interesting:
Here's the songwriter on his personal feelings about his song:
"Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit
"Back then I mainly started playing and improvising whatever lyrics came to mind. So the inspiration is really that little riff from the A to the D string. I was playing that and sort of basking in how much I liked the way it sounded, and I ad-libbed the opening lines, and that suggested a little story, so I filled in the details. There was no real-life situation inspiring the story, it is just a story. I think the emotional hook comes from me being pretty well "inside" the story by the time I get to the end." -- John's AMA
"I honestly don't want to play Going to Georgia ever again. I really confronted my old catalog because I began getting more and more engaged with my feminism, and I think Going to Georgia is a bullshit song. Bottom line: I know it's got a nice melody, and it's got a cool vibe, but that dude is bullshit and I don't want to be involved with him anymore. I'm not saying I'll never play it, I probably will, especially when the three of us are playing it kind of rocks, but I wish its lyrics were different, I don't know what to do with that. I don't like what's going on in that song. It seems daring and edgy to a 26-year-old dude to have a guy who goes down with a gun for unknown purposes to see somebody he claims to love, but to my present self, that guy is a fucking asshole. I don't like to celebrate things like that. I'm not ashamed of the song, the song has a vibe, I can't deny it, and I listen to Cannibal Corpse, you know. The song 'Fucked with a Knife', there aren't multiple readings of that song. That song is a terrible, horrible song but you know, my own part in that stuff, I don't know. I have complex feelings about it." -- 2012-06-22 - Rio Theater - Vancouver, British Columbia
"I had a good time playing it for many years, and then I made the mistake of listening to it." -- 2012-10-13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
"My gut tells me the whole deal with 'Going to Georgia' is bogus, so that’s that. A better song would be one from the perspective of the person whose former partner has shown up on the porch of his/her house with a damn gun, that’s the hero of the song whose story is more interesting from where I’m at now." -- John's Tumblr
"'Going to Georgia' - who even knows anything about the 'you' in that song? The narrator can’t tell you because his narcissism doesn’t really allow the autonomy of other people. As a younger writer I found some romance in that level of self-absorption. I’m grown now." -- John's Tumblr
"I wanna say to interrupt the narrator -- the most extraordinary feeling in the whole world is to wake up in jail. That's a really extraordinary feeling. So compared to this guy being wrapped up in his own ideas and feelings, to wake up, oh, I'm in jail... Wow, my feelings don't count for shit. This is jail, right? And you knock on the bars and go, hey man, like I'm a singer-songwriter. You have to let me out of here. And then the guy who you went to high school with goes, 'No I don't.' And you say, 'But Lance,' 'cause that's his name 'Well, Lance, you gotta let me out of here,' and he says, 'No, I don't.'" -- 2016-11-21 - Second City - Chicago, IL
""If you should find yourself in this song, heaven forbid, don't say 'Oh! What's the chance for epiphany here?' Call the cops. There's a fucking psychopath on my porch. I hate him, and I want him to go to jail. And if the police say 'What if he's having some deep feelings?' Tell them 'Take your patriarchal bullshit down to the garbage can where it belongs and haul this guy off to jail because he has a gun."" 2016-11-21 - Second City - Chicago, IL
At the 2016-11-21 - Second City - Chicago, IL show, John proceeded to play "Going to Georgia" after an audience member offered him $60.
When requested by an audience member at encore - "Dude, I don't know if you got the memo, but I don't play that song anymore. Plenty of other bands cover it very nicely and you can listen to them." 2017-05-25 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL"
OK, so this is great pop music, and the ladies in their mini skirts don't make it worse at all.
Last edited by Tallmo; 11-28-2020 at 04:02 PM.
A true sense-perception certainly exists, but it always looks as though objects were not so much forcing their way into the subject in their own right as that the subject were seeing things quite differently, or saw quite other things than the rest of mankind. As a matter of fact, the subject perceives the same things as everybody else, only, he never stops at the purely objective effect, but concerns himself with the subjective perception released by the objective stimulus.
(Jung on Si)
"The society that separates it's scholars from it's warriors will have it's thinking done by cowards and it's fighting by fools." ―Thucydides
succeeding sandcastles; hereafter,
becoming antonymn to disaster
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
The beatings will continue, whether morale improves or not.