The Golden Fiddle

the golden fiddle of "legend"

musical instrument

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The fiddle was discovered and “rescued” by Kassandra from Pan’s room in Wuhai.


If there were ever a song about Arete, this was it:

The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind ‘cos he was way behind: he was willin’ to make a deal.
When he came across this young man sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot.
And the devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said: "Boy let me tell you what:
“I bet you didn’t know it, but I’m a fiddle player too.
“And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you.
“Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the devil his due:
“I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul, ‘cos I think I’m better than you.”
The boy said: "My name’s Johnny and it might be a sin,
“But I’ll take your bet, your gonna regret, ‘cos I’m the best that’s ever been.”

Johnny you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
’Cos hells broke loose in Georgia and the devil deals the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold.
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

The devil opened up his case and he said: “I’ll start this show.”
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow.
And he pulled the bow across his strings and it made an evil hiss.
Then a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this.
When the devil finished, Johnny said: "Well you’re pretty good ol’ son.
“But sit down in that chair, right there, and let me show you how its done.”

Fire on the mountain, run boys, run.
The devil’s in the house of the risin’ sun.
Chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out dough.
“Granny, does your dog bite?”
“No, child, no.”

The devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.
He laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny’s feet.
Johnny said: "Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.
“I told you once, you son of a gun, I’m the best that’s ever been.”

And he played fire on the mountain, run boys, run.
The devil’s in the house of the risin’ sun.
Chicken in the bread pan, now they’re pickin’ out dough.
“Granny, will your dog bite?”
“No, child, no.”

Been ten long years since the Devil laid his fiddle at Johnny’s feet
And it burned inside his mind the way he suffered that defeat
In the darkest pits of Hell the Devil hatched an evil plan
To temp the fiddle player
For he’s just a mortal man
The sin of pride the Devil cried is what will do you in
I thought we had this settled, I’m the best that’s ever been

Johnny did you ever know that time keeps marching on?
The coldest hour is the one comes just before the dawn
The Devil’s back in Georgia will you stand up to the test?
Or will you let the Devil be the best?

Truth is I haven’t played much since the baby came in June
But give me half a minute and I’ll get this fiddle back in tune
The Devil grabbed the golden fiddle out of Johnny’s hand and said
Boy I’m the fiddle player underground and I walk along the land

Ya’ll better just be turning back if you want this boy to win
‘Cuz practice is the only cure for the predicament he’s in
Now Devil it would be a sin for you to get my bow
So you go on back to Hell to the woodshed I will go

Johnny are you practicing or will your hands grow cold?
The Devil walks the land and plays a fiddle made of gold
Can you hear the babe a cryin’?
Will he ever know the Devil wants his daddy’s very soul?

Before we play I wanna thank you for letting God’s own word ring true
He said you can’t be trusted
Yeah so what you gonna do?
Well you get your fiddle Devil if you think that you can win
I beat you once you old dog and I’ll whip your butt again

John Brown’s green the Devil is red
My little baby loves shortin’ bread
The Devil’s dream’s that he can win
But Johnny is the best that’s ever been

The Golden Fiddle

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