Top 5 Songs That Mention Macon

By Guest Gatekeeper Ben Sandifer, read about Ben>>

Gateway Macon is always looking for the best content to round out our coverage of the best things to do and what makes Central Ga a great place to live, work and play. Towards that end we have launched our guest Gatekeeper program allowing for more input on our TOP 5 lists from locals like you. This Guest Gatekeeper offering comes from local music enthusiast Ben Sandifer and he has provided us with the top 5 songs that mention our beloved city of Macon. 

1. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water

This song has been covered by a number of artists. The original in 1960 was a top ten country hit for Stonewall Jackson and Johnny Rivers took it to the top 20 on the pop charts six years later.

Macon mention:  “I was born in Macon, Georgia. They kept my dad in the Macon jail.”

2. Guitar Man by Elvis Presley

Originally released  in 1968, the song was re-released four years after Elvis died and the second time around was a #1 country hit and top 30 on the pop charts. It was written by Atlanta’s Jerry Reed.

Macon mention:  “I bought me a ride down to Macon, Georgia on an overloaded poultry truck.”

3. Rose In Paradise by Waylon Jennings

From 1987 this was the last of a dozen #1 country hits for Jennings. This song proved that “Macon” can rhyme with more than just “bacon.”

Macon mention: “She was a flower for the takin’. Her beauty cut just like a knife. He was a banker from Macon. He swore he’d love her all his life.”

4. A Tribute To A King by William Bell

In 1968, Bell wrote and recorded a tribute to his fellow Stax Records artist, Otis Redding.  The song was a top 20 rhythm ‘n blues hit and reached the top 100 on the pop charts, too. Otis was born in Dawson, Georgia, so the song is not historically accurate.

Macon mention: “He was born in Macon, Georgia, a poor boy.”

5. Macon by Jamey Johnson

This song was on Johnson’s 2010 album that reached the top of the country charts and also was top five on the pop album charts. The lyric sums up our location quite well.

Macon mention: I’m headed back to Macon. Middle of the Georgia pines.”

Ben Sandifer is a former top 40 radio DJ, with a passion for the music and related information presented on Solid Gold Sock Hop each week. Ben is the managing partner of GMS Advertising & Productions, a full-service advertising agency and production company located in Macon, Georgia. GMS has earned 6 Gabby awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and was named 2012 Small Business of the Year for Specialized Services by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce/Macon Economic Development Corporation. Ben is also a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (Radio Advertising Bureau) and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

More Macon Mentions

A few other songs that mention Macon in the lyrics include Large Time (Atlanta Rhythm Section), Ridin’ Thumb (Three Dog Night), Janie Baker’s Love Slave (Shenandoah), Cold Black Heart (Shawn Mullins),  Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Lucinda Williams), Tell Me (Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble), Dead Man Walkin’ (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Slow Dancer (Boz Scaggs), Walkin’ Back to Georgia (Jim Croce), Sacrifice (Steve Miller Band), Through Hell And Half Of  Georgia (Dave Dudley) and The Price You Pay (Molly Hatchet)

And other songs with Macon in the title include Macon Hambone Blues (Wet Willie) and Macon Georgia Bad Girl (Jeannie C. Riley)