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Ray Charles "Georgia On My Mind" - Lyrics, Sheet Music, and Piano

Updated on April 1, 2014

Georgia On My Mind - A Beautiful Song With a Rich History

Music lovers around the world know Ray Charles, and one of his most famous songs is "Georgia On My Mind", written by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael. Although the song was actually written for a woman named Georgia, Ray Charles' rendition of the song went on to become the Georgia State Song in 1979. Ray Charles' recording of this song also marked an evolution in his music career, confirming his mark on the industry as a multi-genre artist of genius proportions.

However, "Georgia On My Mind" has been recorded by many other artists running the gamut from country singer Wllie Nelson to R&B group Brownstone. The lyrics are ambiguous enough to refer to either a person or a place named Georgia, which gives the song different meaning to different people. The song also has a timeless melody, giving it life generation after generation. Although it was written in the 1930s, this tune continues to be a jewel of American music.

Georgia On My Mind Lyrics

Georgia, Georgia,

The whole day through

Just an old sweet song

Keeps Georgia on my mind

I'm say Georgia


A song of you

Comes as sweet and clear

As moonlight through the pines

Other arms reach out to me

Other eyes smile tenderly

Still in peaceful dreams I see

The road leads back to you

I said Georgia,

Ooh Georgia, no peace I find

Just an old sweet song

Keeps Georgia on my mind

Other arms reach out to me

Other eyes smile tenderly

Still in peaceful dreams I see

The road leads back to you



No peace, no peace I find

Just this old, sweet song

Keeps Georgia on my mind

I said just an old sweet song,

Keeps Georgia on my mind

Download the Sheet Music for Georgia On My Mind (Piano)

Click on the image below to download the sheet music for "Georgia On My Mind".

Georgia On My Mind - The Ray! Movie Soundtrack Version

Although various renditions of "Georgia On My Mind" have been recorded, even multiple recordings by Ray Charles himself, my absolute favorite is the version featured in Ray! on the movie soundtrack.

The sound is so rich, full, and true to the era in which it was first recorded that it makes me close my eyes and envision Georgia in the 1960s (as much as you can when you're 29 years old). My father, who was roughly the same age as Ray Charles, sings and plays piano in a very similar style, so I really feel like this song is a part of who I am.

The song has been named #44 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time, and rightfully so, I believe. The lyrics, composition, and performance of this version come together to create a musical experience unlike any other.

Buy the Ray! Movie Soundtrack for the Best Price


This collection of songs is so beautiful and colorful that they make a great addition to any sound library. Although I love this song by Ray Charles in all it's versions, I enjoy the Ray! Soundtrack version the most.


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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sweet lens. It's fun to think back. He was such a great musician.

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      sue826 lm 5 years ago

      I loved Ray Charles. Watching him sing a song live with that big smile on his face is pure enjoyment.

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      a-lyric 5 years ago

      It's amazing how simple the worlds are. A lot of the song's appeal is in the arrangement and of course Ray's amazing rendition.

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      SquidooRocks55 6 years ago

      Ray Charles and Willy Nelson - There's a great combo. I love listening to both of them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Being from Georgia, I must say I like the Lens and love the song.

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      printabledolls 6 years ago

      great lens for a fantastic song

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      Rebeljohn 6 years ago

      Great lens i really enjoyed it thanks for posting it

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      tricomanagement 6 years ago

      Hoagy Carmichael and Ray - what a combination of talent

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Wonderful to learn the history of this classic song. Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell collaboration created a song that has been ingrained in American music for over 80 years.

      Ray Charles genius added a flavor to "Georgia On My Mind" that has satisfied the musical tastebuds of listeners for 50 years.

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      queen2010 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      cwkerns lm 6 years ago

      Great lens, I live (and was born and raised) in Georgia so Georgia is always on MY mind too.

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      pianolessongirl 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Hrsshoe 6 years ago

      Love your Lens

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      Ken McVay 6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Thanks for the memories - I've always thought "Georgia" was his best - still do.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens on Ray Charles, Dan! What a great song eh!

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      collierlewisjew 6 years ago

      love this song! great lens.

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      Ann Conger 6 years ago from Alabama

      One of my all time favorite singers. Love Georgia Song

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      estheroconnor 6 years ago

      I looooove Ray Charles and I looooove this song. One of the all time greats, thanks for the lens... Esther

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      PattiHale 6 years ago

      I love me some Ray Charles!

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      dotsonr 6 years ago

      Ray Charles - truly one of the greatest musicians of modern times. This was a cool way to zero in one song, too!

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      Geeve 6 years ago

      A great lens about a great song from a great musician. Blessed :)

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      The Great Conve 6 years ago

      One of my favorite songs of all time. Thank you for the share

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      I love Ray Charles and the song Georgia on My Mind. Cool Lens.

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      noland1977 6 years ago

      Wow, great article here. I love that you took the time to mention Willie Nelson and his version, which I think is also important to this song's rich history. I absolutely love this song and it's many incarnations, so yeah.. :) Thanks for the awesome work you put into this article. Made my day!

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      AceofHearts 6 years ago

      The most in depth "Georgia On My Mind" on Squidoo! Added you to my Featured Lens section on my MotownSounds lens. Thanks for sharing all this.

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      seanjennin 6 years ago

      Great lense, thanks...

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      JohannaBaker 6 years ago

      One of my fav songs, great lens, lovely music

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      Bernie 7 years ago from Corbin, KY

      one of my favorites

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      uniquenewgifts 7 years ago

      I like it so much.

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      Muzzie4848 7 years ago

      Gotta love Ray Charles and his music. With the lyrics and the sheet music Herman can't go wrong here. Thanks for sharing.

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      glitterfrog 7 years ago

      Being from Georgia, I have to say this song has always had a special place in my heart. We moved to Kansas a couple of years ago and now hearing this song gets me all misty-eyed! I miss my home!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A beautiful classic piano tune!!

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      SummersSorbet 7 years ago

      Love this song :-) Thanks for a great lens about it! Great job!

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      sushilkin lm 7 years ago

      Nice Lens!! Thanks for the Sharing. Visit Pray for Japan for a noble Cause.

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      Linda Hahn 7 years ago from California

      Beautiful song, I almost know the words by heart.

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      jfn482 7 years ago

      I love Ray!

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      sych06 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the chords...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Ray Charles - what a great man! His songs are all fabulous and I am happy to see this lens on here. Thank you.

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      Positivevibestechnician 7 years ago

      very entertaining lens thanks for posting it.

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      I like ray Charles very much. Thanks.

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      CashInTheHand LM 7 years ago

      Great lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I love Ray Charles. I just finished reading The Warmth of Other Suns about the migration from Jim Crow south and he was it in! Not one of the migrants, but interesting.

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      mywebcontent 7 years ago

      I was listening to this song the other day - the original Ray Charles Version, and I love it every time I hear it! Thanks for the lens!

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      John Dyhouse 7 years ago from UK

      one of my favourite songs had a copy of this by Ray in my early teens

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Love Ray Charles... great lens :)

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Great article. I have always enjoyed this song. Enjoyed reading more about the history of this song.

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      Beth 7 years ago

      Other arms reach out to me

      "Other eyes smile tenderly

      Still in peaceful dreams I see

      The road leads back to you" This is my favorite part of the lyrics! I love Ray Charles! Always have and always will. :) Great lens

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      Joycevoice 7 years ago

      Georgia on my Mind may have been sung by many, but Ray Charles gave the song the most soul.

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      Jenysie 7 years ago

      One of the GREATEST songs every sung! Ray Charles is amazing!

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      ItsYourLife 7 years ago

      I love a bit a Ray!!

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      fromamericateel 7 years ago

      Georgia on my mind has always been a favorite, thanks!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      I'm a huge Ray Charles fan...Georgia on my mind is one of my many favs.

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      icjackson 9 years ago

      Thank you, Ken :-)

      My father is 78 years old, and when I was growing up, he used to play What'd I Say and America the Beautiful on our piano and sing like Ray Charles. We used to watch Ray on television when we were children, especially those Pepsi commercials :-P

      It sparked a life-long love for his music, and I am more than happy to share that with you and the rest of the world.

      And happy early birthday, too ;-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for the nice presentation on Ray Charles. I am a soon to be ( Sat 21st Feb ) a 71 year old who has been asked to sing some songs from the 1930s for our annual "Art Deco" weekend celebrations here in Napier, New Zealand. I just love the music from this period and on up to 1950, especially songs written by Hoagy Carmichael.

      Keep up your high standard, it is a real pleasure for those of my generation to see this.

      I have passed it on to all my muso friends.


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