Osborne, Joan - Midnight Train To Georgia Lyrics



L.A. proved too much for the man
So he's leavin' the life that he's come to know
He said he's goin' back to find
Ohhh what's left of his world
The world he left behind not so long ago

He's leavin'
On that midnight train to Georgia
Said he's goin' back to find
A simpler place and time

I'll be with him
On that midnight train to Georgia
I'd rather live in his world
Than live without him in mine

He kept dreamin'
Ohhh that someday he'd be a star,
But he sure found out the hard way
That dreams don't always come true

So he pawned all his hopes
And he even sold his old car
Bought a one way ticket back
To the life he used to know
Oh yes he did

Now now he's leavin'
On that midnight train to Georgia
He said he's goin' back to find
A simpler place and time

I'll be with him
On that midnight train to Georgia
Ohhh I'd rather live in his world
Than live without him in mine

All aboard on a midnight train to Georgia
I gotta be with him on a midnight train to Georgia
On a midnight train said
I gotta be with him
Ohhh I gotta be with him on a midnight train to Georgia
I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go to a midnight train to Georgia
On a midnight train to Georgia





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Osborne, Joan Midnight Train To Georgia Comments
  1. Abhirup Bhowal

    Thank you the good wife!!

  2. Lily

    One of my favourite Joan covers.... this and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted..

    (Originals "What You Are" and of course "One Of Us" light me up in their different ways as well. .... :-) and i feel like there's something else from her that zapped me with connection & i'm forgetting it, but....)

  3. pnolans

    I half believe that's actually the Pips singing backup!

  4. Rodger Hodgson

    Now Gladys Knight does this best. But this cover is great. She doesn't try and outdo Gladys and sings it with grace and cool. She should be Black.

  5. TRICK-OR TREAT

    ONE OF THE MOST OVERRATED SINGERS OUT THERE,

  6. Softbyte Computers

    I wonder if, after making this recording, they realized that they had just made a remarkable piece of music history.

  7. tongolele

    good cover-but not as good as the raw emotion  on g & pips version-this is a lightweight

  8. Kagiso Rapoo

    I'm quite sure Gladys shed a tear when she heard this. Beautiful

  9. don monfort

    Gladys is the GOAT, but Joan got next.

  10. VisionStance

    Wow how great is this?

  11. Ranjan Arymong

    Sounds so mellow and soulful. Not trying to copy the original, makes it so much better.

  12. BeastDr

    >>>----<3---->

  13. Harold Gardner

    She is an awesome talent! Love her

  14. Har BarJR

    This is a Black song, made by the great Gladys Knight & the Pips. And, it will be both heard and seen in this manner in perpetuity.
    But it was most assuredly, a nice try, Joan Osborne.

  15. Brent Petit

    Amazing,,,GA boy here....

  16. Quentin Fernandez

    Great track and super vocals. Came here by chance. Subbed. Do stop by take a listen and sub back.

  17. Manoel Pereira Lopes

    2018 alguém?

    Breno Martins

    Manoel Pereira Lopes Oi.Boa Noite

  18. Phil Adams

    Pure white soul, you got to love this

  19. James Thurber

    Love the instrumental, especially the keyboard. Very mellow.

  20. Ana De León

    LA proved too much for the man
    (Too much for a man, he couldn't take it)
    He couldnt make it, so he's leaving a life he's come to know
    (He said he's going)
    He said he's going back to find
    (Going back to find)
    What's left of his world
    The world he left behind not so long ago

    He's leaving
    (Leaving)
    On that midnight train to Georgia
    (Leaving on a midnight train)
    Said he's going back
    (Going back to find)
    To find a simpler place and time
    (Whenever he takes that ride, guess who's gonna be right by his side)
    I'll be with him
    (I know you will)
    On that midnight train to Georgia
    (Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
    I'd rather live in his world,
    (Live in his world)
    Than live without him in mine
    (World, world, is his and hers alone)

  21. Phillip Knowles

    Joan, seriously, call me. I will lay backing tracks to this that can not be denied.

  22. MrsEman Basalamah

    Midnight Train To Georgia"

    L.A. proved too much for the man
    (Too much for the man, he couldn't make it)
    So he's leaving a life he's come to know, ooh
    (He said he's going)
    He said he's going back to find
    (Going back to find)
    Ooh, what's left of his world
    The world he left behind not so long ago

    He's leaving
    (Leaving)
    On that midnight train to Georgia, yeah
    (Leaving on the midnight train)
    Said he's going back
    (Going back to find)
    To a simpler place and time, oh yes he is
    (Whenever he takes that ride, guess who's gonna be right by his side)
    I'll be with him
    (I know you will)
    On that midnight train to Georgia
    (Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
    I'd rather live in his world
    (Live in his world)
    Than live without him in mine
    (Her world is his, his and hers alone)

    He kept dreaming
    (Dreaming)
    Ooh, that some day he'd be a star
    (A superstar, but he didn't get far)
    But he sure found out the hard way
    That dreams don't always come true, oh no, uh uh
    (Dreams don't always come true, uh uh, no, uh uh)
    So he pawned down his hopes
    (Woo, woo, woo-woo)
    And even sold his old car
    (Woo, woo, woo-woo)
    Bought a one way ticket back to the life he once knew
    Oh yes he did, he said he would

    Oh-oh, he's leaving
    (Leaving)
    On that midnight train to Georgia, yeah
    (Leaving on a midnight train)
    Said he's going back to find, ooh
    (Going back to find)
    A simpler place and time, ooh, yeah
    (Whenever he takes that ride, guess who's gonna be right by his side)
    I'm gonna be with him
    (I know you will)
    On that midnight train to Georgia
    (Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
    I'd rather live in his world
    (Live in his world)
    Than live without him in mine
    (Her world is his, his and hers alone)

    Ooh, he's leaving
    (Leaving)
    On the midnight train to Georgia, yeah, ooh y'all
    (Leaving on the midnight train)
    Said he's going back to find
    (Going back to find)
    Ooh, a simpler place and time, ooh y'all, uh-huh
    (Whenever he takes that ride, guess who's gonna be right by his side)
    I've got to be with him
    (I know you will)
    On that midnight train to Georgia
    (Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo)
    I'd rather live in his world
    (Live in his world)
    Than live without him in mine
    (Her world is his, his and hers alone)

    For love, gonna board the midnight train to ride
    For love, gonna board, gotta board the midnight train to go
    For love, gonna board, uh huh, the midnight train to go
    My world, his world, our world, mine and his alone
    My world, his world, our world, mine and his alone
    I got to go
    I got to go
    I got to go, hey
    I got to go
    I got to go
    My world, his world, my man, his girl
    I got to go
    I got to go, oh
    I got to go
    My world, his world, our world, his girl

  23. Lillian Thomas

    Yes, Joan Osborne has a fantastic voice, she sings great songs in a great way.

  24. flor wast

    Not as good as Gladys Knight but very good; Joan is ALWAYS very good...

  25. Frankluv Aka

    I love the band in this version

  26. panheadz

    Loved Joan even more on the Motown stage !

  27. R Greenup

    Drummer, lay off the cymbals, tish, tish ,tish, really.

  28. Alfredo Alicea

    Eres la mejor . WP3NK .

  29. david gongwer

    does anyone know if gladys knight ever worked with the funk brothers?

    mitzworld

    Bob Babbet played bass on the original Midnight Train to Georgia

    Robert van Ruyssevelt

    Yes she was in the Motown camp until 1973

  30. Olivia The Slave

    dayaaaaam this woman can SAAAANG -- her voice makes u believe she's been thru the lyrics for real!  Work It baby! you got a fan here in DC for real!

  31. Mike Craig

    Where did this lass come from? Surly not Ireland but she has a little of that strangeness in her blend.

  32. Donagh Cronin

    Just discovered Joan. Phew! Part of the elite.

  33. barrygioportmorien1

    I never really liked this song until I heard Joan's version....

    Robert van Ruyssevelt

    I love the original recording by Gladys Knight and the Pips but many have butchered it including the great Aretha Franklin. Joan Osborne seemingly can do no wrong - she handles so many styles of music brilliantly.

  34. Carmen Goes

    é um anjo, deve ser...

  35. Jaumetma

    I listened two days ago this version in an episode of the TV series The Good Wife and I loved it. I think one of the best versions of this song !!!!

  36. Nye Beven

    love it still love the pip tho

  37. Tracey Milli

    Excellent

  38. Nyel 5618

    e²njoy:D

  39. Margaret Maness

    I really like this one !!!!

  40. James Brown

    great version, what a voice .brilliant

  41. LEONARD Bagdol

    I just love the sound of MOTOWN and what a time I we had in that era of Detroit and the 20 Grand where everyone of them great singers and groups had been there that was the place, Black & White we all had a grand time. I am today Brother Leonard BAGDOL, PRAISE GOD that he Loves all, Amen.

    welch shahan

    I AM FROM DETROIT AND I AM WHITE I WAS TEENAGER WHEN MOTOWN WAS AT ITS PRIME

  42. Stephen Whitters

    you rock my world........

  43. Mr. Google

    the best version for me...

  44. p1857v elche

    HERMOSA CANCION SIEMPRE GRACIAS DESDE VZLA

  45. brianncowan

    I not only love to hear her sing Motown, I love to WATCH her. This gal obviously just LOVES to sing and it shows.

    night .train

    I hear ya bro. The way she moves and dances across the stage is just about as beautiful as that incredible voice of hers. She got soul down to her toes.

    Stephen Whitters

    you summed it up for me..Motown could easily ..have a new superstar remake all the old classics with joan as the main voice wonderful...sublime

    surfjukie421 Scarlett

    brianncowan songs she did with the Funk Brothers yeah!

  46. she livesforJesus

    yeah. it never ceases to amaze me how many people have never even heard of her. I have gone thru two of her cd"Relish" she puts her own spin n every song she sings and it is always great!

    Darryll Zwiers

    +Sandy Bamburg Relish is one of my favourite albums of all time. Melodic, sad, sleazy and angry, as well as a whole load of fun. If anything, this track is her playing it safe. She coulda tackled it the way Gladys did, and rocked it.

  47. MCTV

    The Good Wife brought me here ! :)

  48. Marty Kirschner

    EXCELLENT. SHE VOICE ,I LOVED

  49. William Kaferle

    Talent+++++++++++

  50. Paul Newberry

    Very Nice!!

  51. Peter Vrolijk

    WoW that's one great cover, well done Joan Osborne!

  52. pirolady

    Bravo Joan, excellent, you nailed it!

  53. Kenneth Foster

    hmmm...leaving here..Straight Outta Las Vegas...great song in the midnight hour...smile

  54. dennis gilmore

    Im late to this party, but joan osborn is fabulous.

  55. OPERACIONES GRAL ROCA

    Excelente melodia. Desde Villa Huidobro Cordoba Argentina

  56. Charles Marshall

    Whew...killer cover!!!

  57. Trev Mac

    white irish guy here who loves led zep,petty,seger says that Galdy's Knight sang the most perfect song ever recorded

  58. she livesforJesus

    I have been listening to her for years , now. She has the best voice of anybody , anywhere. To listen to her sing brings all the feeling the person that wr to te the songs wanted to pass on. She is a great songwriter, as well. If you don't believe it, just listen to he r sing St. Teresa. She is great!!!!!

    greg coles

    +Sandy Bamburg She can sing like Barbara, Roberta, celine, -name one I dare anyone. Smooth, sweet, gritty, bluesy, name it. Her voice is straight from heaven. Under rated, every time I send "the broken hearted to some one they are hooked. Gladys Night was great, but no on one can be the best forever. Joan is so good she is hard to believe.

    BlueRidgeKat1

    Unfortunately 99% percent of people still prefer Lady Gaga and such shit as that over talent and vocal performance.

    Eddie Last

    @BlueRidgeKat1 - I can't understand the thumbs down.

  59. JonPlopp

    Just BRILLIANT!

  60. stennett84

    God is Able😇⚡️😇

  61. Rossbach2

    An excellent cover of this classic.

  62. Jim Plattes

    She has a great instrument

  63. Amanda Mcfarland

    Joanna great love her music great music

  64. Mr. MAC

    I love Joan to death. Super star!!!

  65. Luther Harris

    This is a decent version; more country than R&B although they are close sisters.  Regarding Glady's version - I prefer and will always love the old school Glady's version.  I thing Glady's range/delaying with the singing the melody & not being so straight with the beat make hers better.  Plus Glady's voice quality... Good God!

    Tonetwisters

    +Luther Harris French fries and mashed potatoes ... both tasty, but still potatoes. This woman could sing the phone book and I'd listen. Loved Gladys, too.

    Christian brüggemann

    +Luther Harris How true.

    FORCED ANARCHY

    +Luther Harris Actually this song was originally a country song called Midnight Plane to Houston written and recorded by Jim Weatherly, it was reworded and the first version of Midnight Train to Georgia was recorded by the great Cissy Houston.

  66. Greg Santilli

    I've had the hugest crush on Joan for years. Too bad she's gay and rich... I don't have a chance lol

    Bill Wilson

    Joan Osborne has chosen homosexuality but she's gay about it.

  67. musicrat51

    I love Joan to death. Super star!!!

  68. Olivia The Slave

    Her voice knocks me the fk out!!!

  69. 10mikemikeshooter

    Being a huge Gladys Knight and the Pips fan, I had to listen I didn't know about this cover. Not usually into covers but I love Joan and gave a listen. She does it right.

    surfjukie421 Scarlett

    10mikemikeshooter check her out in standing in the shadows of Motown or the funk brothers live in Montreal , think you'll enjoy it

  70. NEWTON FORREST JA.

    JOAN OSBORNE,SUCH A COOL VOICE WITH SO MUCH POWER,FANTASTIC.  THANKS

  71. Paul O'Reilly

    So talented! and a pure voice and face So beautiful in and out :D

  72. mopardude6969

    The voice of an angel.

  73. Duane Vachon

    Joan could teach the Hip Hop people a few things about music.  Pax DV

    Frankluv Aka

    Duane Vachon I don't think so. She's great at what she does , but she's not hip hop grounded.

  74. Debbie Tornquist

    JOAN IS THE BEST SOUL SINGER OF THIS TIME !

    Joseph Lonker

    How can i talk to ya

    Mike Solomon

    She is one of my favs... especially of those so unknown for so much talent. But I have to pay respect to Susan Tedeschi, and everything the Tedeschi Trucks band comes with... a fully stage of talent, all of them, and of course Derek "freakin" Trucks. Anyone love them like I do?

    The Crow

    Respectabledude she is very good, but Joss Stone, love love love.

    Mike Solomon

    I respect Joss for sure.... but if you haven't heard it, check this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG1_LAAL4w0

    The Crow

    Mike Solomon will do. Thanks.

  75. Dean Giles

    One of the best R&B Soul Singers today. Fantastic band, and the groove Eddie Bayers plays on drums simply makes the track!

    Dennis Hendrix

    She really is and she pours so much emotion into all her songs!! She is def one of my all-time favorites!!

    madminute

    Also the lead guitarist up-front is excellent!

  76. TRICK-OR TREAT

    OZZYS'  FIRST WIFE ?

  77. Clint From Illinois

    Who hits the thumbs down on this? WTF

    nazfan01

    Those 6 people that thumbed down missed the train and they are mad

    Ken Vee

    8 killjoys now with their thumbs going the wrong way. Probably Gladys Knight's mom, 4 bridge club buddies, and all three Pips! I'm just lately discovering Joan Osborne. A great singer, and perhaps at her best as a cover girl. She does these classics justice… no small feat. Frequently when an artist attempts to remake a legendary cut, your reaction is "Who does this joker think he/she is covering THIS GREAT SONG?" Not at all the feeling here. She dissolves right into the work like a cloud blending into the sky. You know she respects the source material and simply is in love with the song. The appropriate humility it takes to perform another artists signature work, and carry it off, is palpable. Just a tremendous talent.

    Geoffrey Thorne

    Baffling, isn't it?

  78. Rich Krassen

    I would take that midnight train with Joan!Only in my imagination of course!

  79. кэтэлин петраке

    Бэк вокал - суперкласс.

  80. Cindy Marshall

    I'll be with him on that Midnight Train to Georgia...

  81. Cindy Marshall

    So he pawned all his hopes and he even sold his old car......

  82. Joel Matos

    You got soul babe. Bravo Joan !! beautiful perfomance

  83. marco brenni

    Beautiful song for a great singer !

  84. Custard Flan

    Gladys Knight's of course is iconic, but I really like this.

  85. abdulrahman tindet

    lovely song

  86. dntlss

    "i'd rather live in his world than live without him in mine" went out the window years ago,not many people stay together anymore,beautiful song and beautiful lady, thank you for posting!!!!!

    Andreas Salza

    35 years together, out of it 3 years apart. 2 years military (not even one brake, solid, some letters, me all over the world) 1 year separated, marital problems, with small brakes, yet We survived. I won't hesitate, be it Midnight Train to Georgia I'll be with her .. Call me a fool but I still love her and that's where is at.

  87. Cindy Marshall

    gonna back to find a simpler place in time

  88. Cindy Marshall

    Tribute to Gladys Knight & The Pips!

  89. Cindy Marshall

    She's a Sister to Soul!

    madminute

    +Cindy Marshall Yup, blue-eyed soul at it's finest!

  90. Nigel Walton

    I Like this kid. Nice soothing sound to chill

  91. blueboy zola

    found her by accident a month ago i admit i am a prick but this woman is beyond this planet from dylan to motown awesome beyond belief

  92. chaz hogue

    thank you Joan.

  93. samsarelle

    I saw that movie and I agree with you.

  94. Ricky Reynolds

    I can play this on my guitar all the day long. Beautiful! Simply Beautiful!

  95. JR Rosalez

    My 2 favorite new female blues singers are Josh Stone and Joan Osborne. They both have songs, performances and cds that totally smoke! Sultry, sexy and bluesy man! I love them both.

  96. JR Rosalez

    Check out the movie "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," she's in it and sings "Heatwave," and other classic Motown songs. One of my favorite scenes is the cafe scene, the keyboardist and bassist (I think) from the Funk Brothers are talking about how they came up with songs, they snapped their fingers, Joan was in the middle snapping her fingers too, man, they were making a new song right there.... I wish I could have been there too... Fun moments.

  97. Jeffrey Henderson

    MAN I LISTENED TO THIS ON THE GOOD WIFE AS WELL AND IM FELING HER SOULFUL VOICE WHERE DID SHE COME FROM...JUS AMAZED I ALSO LISTENED TO SARA SMILE AND ITS BEAUTIFUL AS WELL

  98. MARCIO MOREIRA

    thanks for song