The Devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal
He was in a bind, 'cause he was way behind, and he was willing to make a deal
When he came upon this young man sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot
And the devil jumped up on a hickory stump and said, boy let me tell you what.
I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too
And if you care to take a dare I'll make a bet with you
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due
I'll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul, 'cause I think I'm better than you.
The boy said, my name's Johnny and it might be a sin
But I'll take your bet and you're gonna regret, 'cause I'm the best there's ever been.
Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard
'cause hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards
And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold
But if you lose the Devil gets your soul.
The Devil opened up his case and he said, I'll start this show
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow
Then he pulled the bow across the strings, and it made an evil hiss
And a band of demons joined in, and it sounded something like this:
When the Devil finished Johnny said, well you're pretty good, old son
Just sit right in that chair right there and let me show you how it's done.
[And*] He played Fire on the Mountain, run boys, run
The Devil's in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a bread pan picken' out dough
Granny does your dog bite, no child, no.
The devil bowed his head, because he knew that he'd been beat
And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet
Johnny said, Devil just come on back if you ever wanna try again
I done told you once you, son of a bitch, I'm the best there's ever been.
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