The most remarkable thing about coming home to you is the feeling of being in motion again: its the most extraordinary thing in the world.

I have two big hands and a heart pumping blood and a 1967 Colt .45 with the busted safety catch.

The world shines as I cross the Macon county line going to Georgia.

The most remarkable thing about you standing in the doorway is that it's you and that you are standing in the doorway and you smile as you ease the gun from my hand, I am frozen with joy right where I stand.

The world throws its light underneath your hair, forty miles from Atlanta, this is nowhere, going to Georgia.

The world shines as I cross the Macon county line going to Georgia.


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  • +5
    General CommentI love to yell these lyrics as loud as i can when i'm driving out in the countryside
    perfidiaon March 07, 2006   Link
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    Song Meaning"The thing is about this song... I mean, I'm still a young man. I'm permanently a young man. No matter how I start to look, I'm still 20, right? But, when you are a young writer, boys get this idea that, to really show a woman the depth and purity of your love, what you have to do is something drastic and stupid, right? And young writers think it would be really intense to have a guy always harm himself real bad, and then, you know, I tell these stories. And so, well, I was a young writer once, and here's a song about a guy who travels someplace with a gun." - JD on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert," 2010.03.15
    embassyrowon June 18, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti think this song could save my life.
    poetic_fireon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the most heartbreakingly amazing love songs ever produced. weirdly romantic and just gorgeous.

    i think it's about a suicidal man who can only be saved by the woman he loves. i picture him at the beginning, depressed and lonely, the girl having just left. and then, at "the most remarkable thing about you standing in the doorway is that it's you and that you are standing in the doorway", she comes back, and i picture her with two suitcases at her side, just kind of shrugging, saying, "well, here i am. i'm back." and she stops him from killing himself and it's absolutely beautiful and ohmygod i can't get enough of this song.
    paintsusgoldon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEvery band has one song that everybody loves. :)

    This song means a lot to me personally. My best friend, Lindsey, if I'd never met her I'd be nothing. She moved away six years ago after knowing each other for three years. Three months ago I found her on Facebook. Before that I was extremely depressed, thinking about just ending it (it wasn't caused by missing her, just really depressed). She brought up my life again, and now I'm feeling great.

    I found out that she lives in Georgia now, about forty miles from Atlanta :)
    Blithiumon October 15, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationLike many of John's songs, Going to Georgia works for me on levels far beyond its most obvious meaning (in this case, a guy coming back to a girl).

    This song brings to mind the transcendent and inexplicable joy I've often found when I cross a line from one paradigm in my life to another. Often it is despair or frustration (the "Colt .45 with a busted safety catch") that drives me across that line. The surprise is how often what I call "grace" (the woman at the door who eases the gun from my hand) shows up when I cross that line. Crossing the paradigm line often means ending up what seems like "nowhere" and yet at the same time feels strangely like coming home. When that happens, I find myself "frozen with joy, right where I stand."
    foolishsageon November 13, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationYou can just picture his face.
    "You smile as you ease the gun from my hand and I'm frozen with joy right where I stand."

    I just picture someone staring with complete adoration at the person they love taking a gun from them, like a baby gazing at its reflection.

    One of my absolute favourite songs; about, I think, someone who doesn't fit the mold being saved.
    lanacashon October 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou can feel the desperation.
    it's gorgeous.
    shewouldnton July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJohn is one of those rare artists that can write a geography. Its amazing.
    dagwoodon July 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA 1967 Colt .45 was the standard issue pistol for soldiers in Vietnam. This song, to me, is about a soldier coming home. To Georgia.
    kinglet349on February 10, 2007   Link

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