Charlie Daniels vs. Guitar Hero

To tell you the truth the whole thing bothered me and struck me as something that is not the healthiest thing in the world for young, impressionable minds to be exposed to, but the thing that really got me was what they had done with my song.The song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” which I wrote, is supposed to be a lighthearted novelty about a fiddling contest between a country boy and the devil and the devil always loses.That is not the case with the Guitar Hero version which comes complete with a horned, guitar-playing devil who battles the player and very often wins.I want any of you parents out there whose children have this game to know that I did not grant these people my permission to pervert my song and am disgusted with the result.Unfortunately I lost the publishing rights on the song many years ago in a settlement with a former partner and the license to Guitar Hero was granted by the company who now owns the publishing.

I would never grant permission for some company to create a video game version of a song I wrote in which the devil wins a contest and I’m sorely disappointed with the company who owns the copyright for not policing the situation. As it is they have allowed these people to violate the very essence of the song.

At this time I don’t know if I have any legal recourse, probably not, but I wanted you folks to know that I vehemently disagree with what has been done to a piece of my work. And would like to pass along a little advice to parents of young children.

This game looks innocent enough but if you have a child who is playing it, take the time to sit with him or her while they’re playing along and take a serious look at the images on the screen.

You may be surprised at the world they’re being exposed to.

Who knew that Charlie Daniels had a blog, I wouldn’t even have guessed that he knew how to use a computer – or at the very least would have thought it was the devil’s machine.

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8 Responses

  1. hey, the guy may be outdated and prudish, but hell, it was his song and he hates to see it used that way. i don’t think that is wrong at all.

  2. Charlie has some serious right-wing views, but in this case, he is right on the money. If anything, the mistake was not keeping his publishing rights for the song, since he does not make a dime out of it.

  3. even if Chuck doesn’t make a cent, I got the sense from his above writings that this REALLY is not about the money, but rather the manner in which this song is depicted on that game.

    God Bless Charlie Daniels! i agree w/ him here.

  4. yeah, but who wants a fiddle made out of gold? i guess it’d be nice to hang on the wall so you could brag about pwning the devil, but for practical purposes that thing would be way to heavy.

  5. Yeah, he really cares about artistic integrity, that’s why he changed all lyrics that mentioned drugs, alcohol, or sex. He just got religion and started seeing the devil everywhere. But Uneasy Rider, Still in Saigon, etc. are great tunes.

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