Friday, April 5, 2013

"He was on his way home from Candletop..."

Forty years ago today, "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence was the #1 single in the U.S.A.

I do love a country song with an insane story. A few other points...

1. In the 70's, Vicki Lawrence was a big star.

2. The big mystery of the song is what Andy's last name is. In the video above it's "Wollo" but looking at various lyrics websites it could be Woloe (close), Wo-Lo (a hyphenate seems highly unlikely in Georgia in early 70's--and one of two Asian names seems almost impossible), or "Warlord" (which would be a bit much).

3. Since the song is in colloquial dialogue it's perfectly acceptable that the lyric is: "That's the night that they hung an innocent man," instead of "That's the night that they hanged an innocent man," which would be more grammatically correct. Here's my rule of thumb to remember which to use: All inanimate objects are hung; when talking about people, unlucky men are hanged but lucky men are hung.

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