Brook_Benton

Benjamin Franklin Peay, aka “Brook Benton” was an African American singer and songwriter who was largely popular in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when I was just making my entry into the world. By the time he made his 1970 comeback with the song “Rainy Night in Georgia,” I was alive and kicking and swaying to the music.

What I remember most about this song is how sad and soulful it sounded. Mr. Benton literally crooned into the microphone as he described the cold rain, his restless nights, and listening to the train whistle. This sensory combination literally fired my imagination. I was just entering my early teens and I already knew I wanted to be a writer. Listening to him wail out, “I find me a place in a boxcar and I take my guitar…to pass some time,” hammered home the power that a few words can have on the human soul, and I vowed I would learn to write that way.

Needless to say, I listened to this song as often as it played on the radio (there was no Youtube and no automatic downloads back then!), and believe me, they played it all day long. I–and the world–fell in love with the man, the voice and the achingly beautiful words. Here’s a book you might want to check out on Amazon!

Mr. Benton was born in 1931 and died in 1988 from complications from spinal meningitis. For more information about his life, times and music, visit these links:

Brook Benton Biography – http://www.shewins.com/bio.htm

IMDB Information – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0072907/

In the meantime, please enjoy the lyrics to Rainy Night in Georgia. Enjoy.

RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA
Lyrics by Tony Joe White
Sung by Brook Benton

Hoverin’ by my suitcase, tryin’ to find a warm place to spend the night.
Heavy rain fallin’, seems I hear your voice callin’ “It’s all right.”
A rainy night in Georgia, a rainy night in Georgia
It seems like it’s rainin’ all over the world
I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world

Neon signs a-flashin’, taxi cabs and buses passin’ through the night
A distant moanin’ of a train seems to play a sad refrain to the night
A rainy night in Georgia, such a rainy night in Georgia
Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world
I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world

How many times I wondered
It still comes out the same
No matter how you look at it or think of it
It’s life and you just got to play the game

[Instrumental Interlude]

I find me a place in a box car, so I take my guitar to pass some time
Late at night when it’s hard to rest I hold your picture to my chest and I feel fine
(minor scat) But it’s a rainy night in Georgia, baby, it’s a rainy night in Georgia I
Feel it’s rainin’ all over the world, kinda lonely now And it’s rainin’ all over the world

Oh, have you ever been lonely, people?
And you feel that it was rainin’ all over this man’s world
You’re talking ’bout rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin’, rainin’,
Rainin’, rainin’ rainin’, rainin’, rainin’ [to end]

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