The night the lights went out in Georgia

Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was THE Miss Georgia. She didn’t twirl just a baton, that baton was ON FIRE.

And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks!

And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face!

And that, Marjorie – just so you will know – and your children will someday know – is The Night. The Lights. Went Out. In Geor-gia!

—  Julia Sugarbaker, Designing Women.
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On this day in music history: April 7, 1973 - “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, peaking at #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #36 on the Country singles chart. Written by Bobby Russell, it is the biggest hit for the comedic actress and co-star of “The Carol Burnett Show”. The story song about a murder in a small southern town, and the man (the narrator’s brother) who wrongly convicted and executed for it, is first offered to Cher. Her husband and manager Sonny Bono will turn it down, feeling it might offend her fans in the South. Lawrence who is married to songwriter Russell (“Honey”, “Little Green Apples”) at the time, thinks its a hit and will record it herself. The track is recorded in October of 1972 at United/Western Studios in Hollywood, CA with producer Snuff Garrett (Cher, Gary Lewis & The Playboys), with the finished recording being completed in three hours. Released in November of 1972 by Bell Records, the single will lay dormant for a couple of months before finally charting. Entering the Hot 100 at #100 on February 10, 1973, it will climb to the top the chart eight weeks later. The song will have a long life after Vicki Lawrence’s version falls off the chart. A number of other artists including Tanya Tucker and Reba McEntire will also cover the song. “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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God, I miss this show <3

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Dixie Carter. Fierce. As. Fuck.

He was on his way home from Candletop,
Been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop
At Web’s and have him a drink ‘for he went home to her
Andy Wo-Lo said, “Hello,”
He said “Hi, what’s new?”
And Wo said, “Sit down I got some bad news that’s gonna hurt.”
Said, “I’m your best friend and you know that’s right,
But your young bride ain’t home tonight.
Since you been gone she’s been seeing that Amos boy Seth.”
Now he got mad and he saw red
Andy said, “Boy, don’t you lose your head,
Cause to tell you the truth I’ve been with her myself.”

That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia.
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man.
Well don’t trust your soul to no back-woods Southern lawyer,
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hands.

Andy got scared and left the bar,
Walking on home cause he didn’t live far, you see,
Andy didn’t have many friends and he just lost him one.
Brother thought his wife must’ve left town,
So he went home and finally found the only thing
Daddy had left him, and that was a gun.
He went off to Andy’s house
Slipping through the back woods quiet as a mouse.
Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make.

He looked through the screen at the back porch door,
And he saw Andy lying on the floor
In a puddle of blood and he started to shake.

The Georgia patrol was making their rounds,
So he fired a shot just to flag ‘em down.
A big bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said,
“Why’d you do it?”

The judge said guilty in a make-believe trial,
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile.
Said, “Supper’s waiting at home and I got to get to it.”

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia.
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man.
Don’t trust your soul to no back-woods Southern lawyer,
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hands.

Well, they hung my brother before I could say
The tracks he saw while on his way
To Andy’s house and back that night were mine.
And his cheating wife had never left town.
That’s one body that’ll never be found.
You see, little sister don’t miss when she aims her gun.

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia.
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man.
Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer,
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hand.

That’s the night the lights went out in Georgia!
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man.
Don’t trust your soul to no back woods Southern lawyer,
Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hand!

—  Vicki Lawrence, “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”, 1972