Brook Benton

brook benton

rainy night in georgia – 1970

 

 

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

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
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’

 

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Nobody told me you were cheating, it’s just a feeling I had. So if I’m right, you got to lie to me, then I won’t feel so bad.

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Artist Biography by Bill Dahl

Silky smooth: that was Brook Benton’s byword from his first record to his very last, as the singer parlayed his rich baritone pipes into seven number one R&B hits and eight Top Ten items.

Benton crashed the top spot on the R&B charts in early 1959 with his moving “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” then rapidly encored with three more R&B chart-toppers: “Thank You Pretty Baby,” “So Many Ways,” and “Kiddio.” Pairing with Mercury label mate Dinah Washington, their delightful repartee on “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)” and “A Rockin’ Good Way” paced the R&B lists in 1960.

The early ’60s were a prolific period forBenton but he left Mercury a few years later and bounced between labels before reemerging with the atmospheric Tony Joe White ballad “Rainy Night in Georgia” on Cotillion in 1970.  Benton later made a halfhearted attempt to cash in on the disco craze, but his hitmaking reign was at an end long before his death in 1988.

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