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From the album Million Mile Reflections,
The Devil Went Down to Georgia was a
#3 Pop hit for Charlie Daniels in 1979.
J. T. Crain Jr., W. J. DiGregorio, F. L. Edwards, C. F. Hayward, J.W. Marshall, and C. Daniels
In the original song we spoofed here, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," I always felt like the devil won. Sure, he might have lost the fiddle competition with Johnny, but he won the war, because Johnny was even more proud and arrogant at the end than he was at the beginning. That's not how you beat the devil.
This parody tells the famous story of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. The devil tried to appeal to Jesus' pride, but, unlike Johnny, Jesus didn't take the bait. He always appealed to the authority of Scripture when he answered the devil. Even when the devil tried taking the Bible out of context, Jesus put it back in context.
Our parody is called "The Devil Went Down to Jordan," because Jesus was "led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil" right after being baptized in the Jordan.
This song was originally slated for the "Jesus Christ Morningstar" CD, but we didn't have a fiddle player at the time. We still didn't have one when we recorded the track for "Grace Period" in 2002, but Pittsburgh native John Parrendo of the country band Blackhawk graciously guest starred for us. The fiddler featured on our "Hits: The Road" version is none other than ApologetiX keyboardist Bill "Wild Thing" Hubauer.
The Devil Went Down to Jordan
Parody of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels
The devil went down to the Jordan
He was lookin' for a show to steal
He was in a bind 'cause Jesus came to find
The people willing to make it real
And he came upon the Son of Man
Saw He had no vittles and was prayin' to God
Then the devil jumped upon the chance to tempt Him
Said "Boy, let me tell ya, it's hot!"
"I guess you didn't know it but I'm a vittle craver too
"And kid I'm scared this desert air might get the best of you
"Now you ain't been eatin' your vittles boy
"But, kid, your dinner is due
"So if you're really God's son, then turn these stones
To bread and I'll butter it for you."
The Lord said, "I am hungry, but that would be a sin
"Cause it ain't by bread man's gonna be fed
"But by the Word God's given him."
John the Baptist washed the Lord and there's where it all starts
Cause Jesus left the Jordan and the devil hit Him hard
And if He wins we get to walk on Heaven's streets of gold
But if He sins, the devil gets your soul
The devil took Him up in space and said, "Christ, start to throw
"Yourself off of this temple top as I'm watchin' from below
"Cause I'm sure You know that God will bring
“All His angels to assist
“And then men would believe that You're Him
“If they saw You did something like this"
When the devil finished, Jesus said
"Well, you're temptin' God, old son
And it's written down in that book right there
That thing shouldn't ever be done”
Shout from the mountain what God's done
The devil ain't a match for the rising Son
You can never tempt God, did you not know
Man, he doesn't live by bread alone
The devil finally said, "Jesus, if You'll just worship me
Then I’ll give you gold that glitters
All these crowns, and all You see"
Jesus said, "Devil, just turn on back
Cause I'm never gonna buy your scam
I love God too much, I'm gonna resist
I'd suggest you'd better scram!"
And we say
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