(He’d)Been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop
At Webb’s and have him a drink ‘fore he went home to her. Well, Andy got scared and left the bar
(And went) Walkin’ on home ’cause he didn’t live far. That’s the night that they hung an innocent man. That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia. (And) Brother thought his wife must’a left town,
So he went home and finally found
The only thing Papa had left him, and that was a gun. And he started to shake. And his cheatin’ wife had never left town;
And that’s one body that’ll never be found! Andy Wardlow said, "Hello."
And he said "Hi, what’s doin’, Wo?"
He said, "Sit down, I got some bad news that’s gonna hurt."
He said, "I’m your best friend and you know that’s right,
But your young bride ain’t home tonight. See, little sister don’t miss when she aims her gun. And he went off to Andy’s house,
Slippin’ through the backwoods quiet as a mouse–
Came upon some tracks too small for Andy to make. Ah-huh-unh
Well, don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer
‘Cause the judge in the town’s got blood stains on his hands. Since you been gone she’s been seein’ that aimless boy, Seth."
Well, he got mad ‘n’ he saw red. Well, they hung my brother before I could say
That the tracks he saw while on his way
To Andy’s house, out back, that night were mine. And Andy said, "Boy, don’tcha lose your head,
‘Cause to tell ya the truth, I been with her myself."
That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia. Well, don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer
‘Cause the judge in the town’s got blood stains on his hands. He was on his way home from Candletop. Well, don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer
‘Cause the judge in the town’s got blood stains on his hands. He looked through the screen at the back-porch door,
And he saw Andy lyin’ on the floor
In a puddle of blood. Oh-oh-aah
That’s the night that they hung an innocent man. Well, the Georgia Patrol was a’makin’ their rounds,
So he fired a shot just to flag ’em down,
And a big-bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said, "Why’d ya do it?"
And the judge said, "Guilty, " in a make-believe trial,
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile,
And said, "Supper’s waitin’ at home and I gotta get to it."
That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia. (You) See, Andy didn’t have many friends and he’d just lost him one. That’s the night that they hung an innocent man.