"Southside of Heaven" as written by and George Ryan Bingham....
When I die, Lord
Oh, won't You put my soul up on a train
Won't You send it southbound
Give a cool blues man name

'Cause I've been lost on them back roads
And many times, I've gone blind
Losing faith in my family
Had drew me out my damn mind

But on the south side of heaven
Won't You take me home
'Cause I've been broke down for so long
And Lord, it's getting cold

I've been a desperado in West Texas
For so long, Lord, I need a change
For ten long years
This old place ain't seen a drop of rain

Now the wind blows everyday, Lord
Oh, like a desert snow
Like a lost bound train
Running on cocaine and out of control

But on the south side of heaven
Won't You take me home
'Cause I've been broke down for so long
And Lord, it's getting cold

Long down the Louisiana byways
Lonesome highways roll on
Oh, won't You take me where the poor man lives
It's where I call my home

Can't you see that breeze
Nothing but a change in pace
Money can't buy my soul
'Cause it comes from a hard earned place

But on the south side of heaven
Won't You take me home
'Cause I've been gone for so long
And Lord, it's getting cold

But on the south side of heaven
Won't You take me home
'Cause I've been gone for so long
And Lord, it's getting cold


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"Southside of Heaven" as written by George Ryan Bingham

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    General CommentRyan Bingham. Damn, what a musician. Great Song!

    But, this is how I would interpret this song:

    Ryan used to travel around New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, playing "dive-bars" and entering into bull ridings calling his van "home," and even being homeless at times for several years. I kind of feel like this song is his way of pleading for a place of peace. A place to live, prosper, and be happy.

    So he's asking God to show him his home on the south side of heaven, because he's tired of trying to find it... And he even really doesn't mind if it's luxurious or not, just looking for "his place," and maybe that place IS "where the poor man lives"... Ryan sees no monetary value in happiness.

    I think this seems to be an accurate picture of what the lyrics communicate since most of the lines corroborate that theory, but this is a great song open to all kinds of interpretations and it could be seen differently by each individual person. Though, I kinda feel that this is what Ryan was trying to say here.
    Tobikins05on June 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSo I figured I'd comment cuz he plays songs like my dead grandad. Its a feeling you gotta live to know and a way you cant take a photo of to explain. Its a wind that changes ya as ya walk, but man its sweet in its plain pain, hell i hope he reaches the place hes always wanted to go... Safe travels Ryan, you got the coolest bluesman name Ive ever heard
    89carolinaon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe southside of heaven is this earth. And you don't need a place to live, prosper and be happy, if you seek happiness you will find it. Even in a van being homeless. Money doesn't mean shit.
    Relapseron January 25, 2011   Link

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