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Rainy Georgia Night

Updated on April 27, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

(Writer’s Note: Tony Joe White writes some really good songs. I cannot get enough of this one. It inspired me to write this poetic verse. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. ~WB)

I glance up at the sky; the sun is hittin’ midday soon

If my hunch is right I’ll be in Atlanta by late afternoon

Some dark clouds on the horizon; a threatening sight

Folks can expect some rain here in Georgia tonight

You are still in my memory ever so far now behind

There’s so little left now but these memories of mine

I wish I could have fixed it; made things right

Something to think about on a rainy, Georgia night

I deserved what I got; you didn’t deserve what I gave

The fires of love burned out; there was little to save

You deserve true love; one to bring your heart delight

Just another thing to dwell on for a rainy, Georgia night

My home has been an old boxcar rolling down the track

Never been any place twice and probably won’t be back

Just memories, an old guitar, and the songs left to write

Something to turn to on a dark and rainy Georgia night

You always said I had no ambition; no spirit; no drive

I always thought this old guitar and I could survive

But I should have let it go; done by you what was right

That thought burns my brain on this rainy, Georgia night

Maybe one day I’ll gain the courage to come back again

I don’t expect you to wait for me until this journey ends

You’ll get older and older still while I try to find the light

I’m lookin’ at dark skies on this rainy, Georgia night

I thought myself a kindred spirit just running wild and free

I shied away from anything that spoke of responsibility

Now I see there is no reward and the money is pretty tight

The reality of my choices on this cold, rainy, Georgia night

The lights and noise of the city rattle the walls of this train

Mixed with the thunder, lightning, and the cold drops of rain

The memories of our good times, back when things were right

Still the stormy chaos for me on this rainy, Georgia night

Nashville town might be a good stop if I can sell a song

Everybody is a songwriter there so I doubt I’d stay too long

Still, I could use the money; get me out of this plight

First I have to get some sleep on this rainy Georgia night

Sometimes I awake in night thinking I hear you call my name

I know that it’s only a dream, but I like it just the same

Love so quickly fades when love’s images are not in sight

Oh how I long to see your face on this rainy Georgia night

I’ll leave on the morning train headin’ further along the rail

I’ll write like I always do when I find a place to drop my mail

You get on with life; don’t look back; leave me to my plight

And I’ll just drift off to sleep on this stormy, Georgia night

©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

18 January 2013


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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Genna East...I sense that you like Tony Joe White as much as I do! You could have paid me no higher compliment than to say that my verse does justice to this great song. It inspired me greatly. Thanks much...I'll work on setting it to music. ~WB

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhh...Tony Joe White. Many don’t realize that he wrote the great ‘Rainy Night in Georgia.’ His blues guitar was one of many sounds he created. (When I see videos of him in his younger years, I think that he looked a little like Presley.) “A distant moanin' of a train seems to play a sad refrain to the night…”

      Your poem of inspiration does this classic song proud, Wayne. It simply must be put to music. The words echo the soulful melody and refrain of that guitar and harmonica. Beautifully, done! Up ++.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @drbj....This one was very enjoyable to write as I sat listening to this song over and over....I hope I did the song justice. Thanks much! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I loved your magical poetic creation, Wayne, because 'Rainy Night in Georgia' is one of my all-time favorite songs.

      Voted up to the stratosphere.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @rcrumple....It is certainly not the original, Rich but I think it is his best performance of that song...really strikes a mood. I am sorry I missed his performance...I'll look for a re-run on it. Thanks for the good words. ~WB

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      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Wayne - Really a great poem about the trials and tribulations of life's paths keeping two apart that truly belong together. This song sounds like a very recent version of the song. I recently saw Tony on a live television broadcast of "Woodsongs", and he's still got it, although he tends to mumble a little more than he did earlier in his career. Great job, my friend!

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Chris, I get a lot of joy out of knowing that I touched the readers memory or emotion in a personal way. That lets me know that I found the sweet spot in what I intended to do. I try to always wait for the inspiration and it usually shows up if I am patient and busy myself with others things. Normally it is some line or this case, a favorite song that I had laid aside for a while and rediscovered. Man...if I could have written this verse with the power and beauty that Tony Joe White achieved in the verses of that song...that would have made my day. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne, this is a song that I have completely forgotten about until NOW. That dug up some gray matter, and got me reminiscing. My Mom used to love this song and played it quite often. When I played your video, it really got me thinking back….and for that alone, I thank you….Your words as always, we beautiful. I love that talent you have. I never tire of reading your work.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @billybuc....Thanks much, Bill. Glad I could dig up some memories for you. ~WB

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My dad rode the rails during the Great Depression, looking for work. Great stories told about those experiences. Your excellent poem reminds me of them. Well done Wayne!

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Ha! It astounds me too! LOL! Just kidding...I just get lucky. Glad I could conjure up that imagery for you. Thanks for the good words! ~WB

      @QudsiaP1...So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks much! ~WB

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      5 years ago

      This was an absolutely beautiful poem, thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wayne your creativity astounds. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. You took me back to the romance of rainy nights. All you need is to set this to music and I could listen to it time and time again. Great for daydreamin'. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Thanks much, Poppy...really glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

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      6 years ago

      Loved the words and the message. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Jen Card...Thank you! This song is very inspirational. I doubt that I could have written it with the mood that it creates for me in just listening to the beauty of the music and the words. So glad you enjoyed it! ~WB

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      Jen Card 

      6 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem. I bet that many can relate to this some time in their lives, I know I can. Brings out my emotions as I was taken along to travel with you in these words, I felt for you, that is powerful. Thank you for sharing your talents and story.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...Glad you liked it and can relate. There is a serenity in the mood of this song as White performs it that I have never sense by anyone else's performance of it. He wrote it and he knows how to play and sing it. Thanks much for the good words! ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Sunnie Day...Wow! I had no idea that I was writing your life story or a part of it. Hopefully the memories it conjured up were good ones for you now. Sometimes things do not go the right way...they just go the way they are suppose to go. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @acaetnna....Those choices sometimes leave us looking back with regret. As I wrote this I found myself wondering if this guy actually mailed what he wrote or just let it go. I guess that is up to the reader to decide. Thanks much! ~WB

      @fpherj48...You did the way I enjoy it with the song playing in the background. I surely wish my verse was as beautiful as that which Tony Joe White wrote in this song. Thanks much! ~WB

      @Faith Reaper....Thanks much...I hope your night did not last too long and things are better now. Thanks for sharing. ~WB

      @carol7777....Thank you, I appreciate those kind words! ~WB

      @sifiq ali patel....Thank you! ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      This is one of my all time favourite songs. It brings up so many emotions deep down inside my soul. I feel every drop of that cold rain chilling to my bones. I've felt the loss and disappointments and most of all regrets my friend. I've been lost within myself for years and I suppose that's one of the reasons for the pain that flows from my pen to. Thank you Wayne for sharing this wonderful heart felt work with us all here. You did the song proud with your magical verse, yup I've been through Georgia many times and often on a cold, windy, rainy night, rolling down the interstate with much on my mind. Vote up and shared for sure.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Oh my this Georgia poem conjured up some old memories for first young love, a Georgia boy, he a preachers son and his guitar...thats all I am saying..but at the time I thought my young heart would never mend. He too was called to the road, leaving this young girl's broken heart in pieces...Beautiful poem with much heart.

      Thank you Wayne,


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      safiq ali patel 

      6 years ago from United States Of America

      Simply stunning.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Well orchestrated here. Enjoyed reading and like how you worked the entire hub. Voting UP and sharing...

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Those rainy Georgia nights are tough, as I recently had one. This made me cry thinking about my rainy Georgia night too. Perfect music.

      Excellent write!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne....I clicked on the music and read as I listened. ....and magic....I was there, on a dark, lonely street in Georgia, dodging the rain drops and feeling the pain of past mistakes....wondering what could have been....just wondering......

      Heart gotta stop doing this...........UP+++

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      6 years ago from Guildford

      A great write Wayne. Sometimes one doesn't realise what one has lost until maybe it is too late! I loved your poem and the great song too.


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