Gut Rumbles

April 22, 2005

good question

I live in the great state of Georgia and I love our state song. But here is a question I never pondered before. Is the song about the state or about a woman?

What do YOU think?


I think your friend Georgia has the only correct answer.

Posted by: James Old Guy on April 22, 2005 12:35 PM

Georgia was named after King George--who dressed like a queen but was not a woman, so the state must be male. A long time ago, I remember hearing that this song was about a woman named Georgia.

Posted by: Woody on April 22, 2005 01:34 PM

Who the fuck cares? It's a great song. It's an I-mean absolutely awesome song. I don't care if it's about a pig. I'm jealous, frankly. You get Ray Charles and "georgia", I get Jim Nabors and "Back Home again in Indiana"

Lucky fuckers.

Posted by: og on April 22, 2005 01:51 PM

Sorry, I'm with Georgia on this one. It's a woman. We are the land of peaches after all.

Posted by: Moogie on April 22, 2005 04:42 PM

It's a woman... go rent "Ray" if you haven't seen it. The film does a great job of putting the songs in context.

Posted by: Kinda, sorta, maybe on April 22, 2005 05:30 PM

I also like Willie Nelson's version. Stone Mountain Memorial Park did, and may still do, a pretty good job of bridging both versions of that song together in the laser show.

Posted by: Woody on April 22, 2005 05:54 PM

It was the state.

Posted by: catfish on April 22, 2005 07:32 PM

Catfish, why do you say that?

There is no reason to think that Hoagy Carmichael had any particular affinity for your beloved state. There isn't really any reason to believe he ever even set foot in Georgia. According to Wikipedia the song was, originally written by Gorrell and Carmichael for a girl named Georgia.

Carmichael was a wacko Dada inspired jazz man who spent the bulk of his career in London, NY, and, oddly enough, Indiana.

The Ray Charles part confuses people, because Ray was, most definately a Georgia boy. But he just sang it, he didn't write it. Charles did a great job with the tune, but the only reason it's your state song is because it was a politically correct thing to do, you know, considering they banned Charles from performing in GA at all for a few years.

Posted by: Kinda, sorta, maybe on April 22, 2005 10:04 PM
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