GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA

Studio version


Well I'm going back to Georgia
To spend my last few years
Away from the sadness and the tears
Well I been out to San Francisco
When I travelled on down to L.A.
Still only one place that I can stay

With my last few dollars
And I'm gonna bring my last few dimes
Going back to Georgia
And I'm going back one more time
And I'm going back one more time

When I went up to New York City
When I been out the Chicago Loop
Still but ain't one place that I've been to
When I sailed down the Mississippi
When I gambled in New Orleans
Still no finer site I ever seen, yeah

With my last few dollars
And I'm gonna bring my last few dimes
Going back to Georgia
And I'm going back one more time
And I'm going back one more time
Yeah yeah whoa

Well I'm going back to Georgia
To spend my last few years
Away from the sadness and the tears
I said I'm going, going back to Georgia
And I'm going, going back to Georgia
I said I'm going, going back to Georgia
You know I'm going back to Georgia

With my last few dollars
And I'm gonna bring my last few dimes
Going back to Georgia
And I'm going back one more time
And we're going back one more time
And we're going back one more time
I said we're going back one more time


Info

GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live with several of his bands in 1971 and 1972 (see the "Live History" section below). He also recorded the song in studio (see the "Composition and Recording" section below). The above lyrics are for the studio version of GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA.

Composition and Recording

Steel Mill recorded three songs at Pacific Recording Studio in San Mateo, CA, 22 Feb 1970: HE'S GUILTY (THE JUDGE SONG), GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA, and THE TRAIN SONG. After brief warm-up rehearsals, which weren't recorded, the band recorded each song in one take. These were the only three songs rehearsed and the only three songs recorded. Promoter Bill Graham, who at the time had recently started his Fillmore Records label offered Steel Mill a contract, which the band rejected due to its poor terms and conditions.

According to the Chapter And Verse album credits, the band line-up on HE'S GUILTY (THE JUDGE SONG) is Bruce Springsteen on vocal and guitar, Danny Federici on organ, piano, and backing vocals, Vini Lopez on drums, and Vinnie Roslin on bass and backing vocals. GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA, which was recorded at the same session, logically features the same line-up.

Bootleg Releases

This studio version of GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA can be found on several bootlegs, including The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 1 (Yellow Dog Records) [track 05].

Bruce Springsteen -- The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 1 (Yellow Dog Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 1 (Yellow Dog Records)

Live History

GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA is known to have been performed at least 12 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates.

  1. 28 Feb 1970 at Free University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  2. 24 Apr 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  3. 14 Aug 1970 at 7th And Marshall Street Parking Deck, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  4. 11 Oct 1970 at The Mosque, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  5. 17 Oct 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  6. 18 Jan 1971 at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  7. 22 Jan 1971 at The Upstage, Asbury Park, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  8. 14 May 1971 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom)
  9. 15 May 1971 at Newark State College, Union, NJ (with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom)
  10. 10 Jul 1971 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)
  11. 29 Jul 1971 at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)
  12. 23 Oct 1971 at University Of Richmond, Richmond, VA (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)

An early Bruce Springsteen handwritten song list (see scan below) is recalled with some degree of confidence by one of The Bruce Springsteen Band members as emanating from one of the band's July 1971 bookings at D'Scene in South Amboy, NJ. The Bruce Springsteen Band made two consecutive Thursday evening appearances at the club, on 22 and 29 July 1971. They headlined two gigs each night, one at 9:00 p.m. and one at 11:30 p.m., with Sunny Jim opening. The handwritten song list was auctioned on the It's Only Rock 'N Roll online auction website in June 2006. The bid started at $500.00 and reached $2221.44. The document contains a list of 22 songs, including GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA. This is not a setlist, but many (or possibly all) of the listed songs must have been performed at the 22 and 29 Jul 1971 shows at D'Scene.

Bruce Springsteen handwritten song list from the July 1971 shows at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
Bruce Springsteen handwritten song list from the July 1971 shows at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ

Covers

As far as it's known, only one artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA.

Steel Mill Retro -- The Dead Sea Chronicles
Steel Mill Retro -- The Dead Sea Chronicles

CD-R - Steel Mill Retro LLC (no catalog number) - USA, 2005

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. This is the first of three issues of this album. See Steel Mill Retro's cover version for more details.

References

Some of the above information about the song's studio recording and live history is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA on this website:

GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA [Studio version]
GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA [Live 24 Apr 1970 version]
GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA [Steel Mill Retro's cover version]

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