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The Terrible Truth About "Rocky Top"

This weekend will see the annual game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers up in Knoxville. This is because a)Monte Kiffin's is a better defense coordinator than UGA's Willie Martinez, and makes up for whatever shortcomings his son (and Vols head coach) Lane Kiffin and b) UGA basically sucks this year. The Dawgs are guaranteed to be forced to here "Rocky Top" an inhumanely amount of times. This will be true especially since Tennessee will probably cross those orange-and-white checkered end-zones more than UGA will.
Ah, "Rocky Top". A song about getting "corn from a jar" and men "looking' for a moonshine still" who are never seen again. Beautiful, a song about illegal adult beverages and the possible murder of (possible) officers of the law.  Despite all the criminal activity, "Rocky Top" is one of seven official State Songs of Tennessee. Why they need seven I don't know. Georgia has one, "Georgia On My Mind," and is better than all seven of them combined.
 If anything, The Dawgs can take heart that there is a deep dark secret about "Rocky Top" that Vols fans wouldn't want The Bulldog Nation to know about, even if they didn't know it themselves.
The secret? "Rocky Top" was co-written by a man born in Georgia.
Its true. "Rocky Top" was written by the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Boudleaux was born in Shellman, Georgia. He and his wife Felice (born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) wrote "Rocky Top" in 1967. In became a national hit when recorded by Lynn Anderson, soon after.
The Bryants also wrote several classic hits by the Everly Brothers, including "Bird Dog", "Wake Up, Little Suzie", and "All I Have to Do is Dream". They also wrote "Love Hurts," which has been recorded by Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and Nazareth. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991.
And to be perfectly honest, "Rocky Top" isn't the actual official fight song of the University of Tennessee. It's something called "Down the Field", which was swiped adapted from Yale's fight song. After hearing it, you'd prefer "Rocky Top" too, I'd guess.
So Georgia fans take heart, even though you're going to hear "Rocky Top" a zillion times this Saturday, be happy to know it was written by a son of the red Georgia clay. The jokes all on the Vols fans.
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This weekend will see the annual game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers up in Knoxville. This is because a)Monte Kiffin's is a better defense coordinator than UGA's Willie Martinez, and makes up for whatever shortcomings his son (and Vols head coach) Lane Kiffin and b) UGA basically sucks this year. The Dawgs are guaranteed to be forced to here "Rocky Top" an inhumanely amount of times. This will be true especially since Tennessee will probably cross those orange-and-white checkered end-zones more than UGA will.
Ah, "Rocky Top". A song about getting "corn from a jar" and men "looking' for a moonshine still" who are never seen again. Beautiful, a song about illegal adult beverages and the possible murder of (possible) officers of the law.  Despite all the criminal activity, "Rocky Top" is one of seven official State Songs of Tennessee. Why they need seven I don't know. Georgia has one, "Georgia On My Mind," and is better than all seven of them combined.
 If anything, The Dawgs can take heart that there is a deep dark secret about "Rocky Top" that Vols fans wouldn't want The Bulldog Nation to know about, even if they didn't know it themselves.
The secret? "Rocky Top" was co-written by a man born in Georgia.
Its true. "Rocky Top" was written by the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Boudleaux was born in Shellman, Georgia. He and his wife Felice (born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) wrote "Rocky Top" in 1967. In became a national hit when recorded by Lynn Anderson, soon after.
The Bryants also wrote several classic hits by the Everly Brothers, including "Bird Dog", "Wake Up, Little Suzie", and "All I Have to Do is Dream". They also wrote "Love Hurts," which has been recorded by Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and Nazareth. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991.
And to be perfectly honest, "Rocky Top" isn't the actual official fight song of the University of Tennessee. It's something called "Down the Field", which was swiped adapted from Yale's fight song. After hearing it, you'd prefer "Rocky Top" too, I'd guess.
So Georgia fans take heart, even though you're going to hear "Rocky Top" a zillion times this Saturday, be happy to know it was written by a son of the red Georgia clay. The jokes all on the Vols fans.

Posted originally: 2009-10-08 01:26:00
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