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Slide 1:  Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips

Presented by: Molly Riley

Slide 2:Lyrics:

  L.A. proved too much for the man, So he's leavin' the life he's come to know, He said he's goin' back to find Ooh, what's left of his world, The world he left behind Not so long ago. He's leaving, On that midnight train to Georgia, And he's goin' back To a simpler place and time. And I'll be with him On that midnight train to Georgia, I'd rather live in his world Than live without him in mine. He kept dreamin' That someday he'd be a star. But he sure found out the hard way That dreams don't always come true.

Slide 3:So he pawned all his hopes and he even sold his old car Bought a one way ticket To the life he once knew, Oh yes he did, He said he would Be leavin On that midnight train to Georgia, And he's goin' back To a simpler place and time. And I'll be with him On that midnight train to Georgia, (Leaving on the midnight train to Georgia, woo woo) I'd rather live in his world Than live without him in mine. Go, gonna board, gonna board, Gonna board the midnight train. Gotta go, gonna board Gonna board Gonna board the midnight train (repeat, fade)

Slide 4:Song’s meaning

This song is basically giving a message of love. The original singer (Jim Weatherly) of this song is singing to his loved one saying “I’d rather live in her world. Than live without her in mine”.

Slide 5:Georgia

The song was originally recorded as “Midnight plane to Houston”. Recorded by Jim Weatherly. A man in Atlanta requested to cut the song for Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy. Cissy wanted the song to be a little bit more R&B sounding, so she asked if she could change the song to “Midnight Train to Georgia” 13@(K

Slide 6:Jim Weatherly

He was the original writer of the song. He wrote the song about Farrah Fawcett who was visiting her parents in Houston and took a plane at midnight. His recorded version of the song is a lot slower but still has a Motown ring to it. Back!

Slide 7:Motown

Gladys Knight and the Pips recorded on the music label called Motown. Motown was great for the African American artists, and that’s when it became very popluar! Back!!

Slide 8:African American artists include:

Some of the most known Motown artists of the day are those who sung those awesome songs you hear on old radio stations. Sometimes you might know them as ‘Soul Songs’. Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder…and many more! :P back!!

Slide 9:Gladys Knight and the Pips

Gladys Knight started singing around young age of four. She’s known for having the most divine voices filled with soul. She was the first person to ever come forth to the head of Motown. Midnight Train to Georgia was her top hit!! Bizacckkk, yo.

Slide 10:5 literary terms

Allusion Couplet Onomatopoeia Repetition Lyric

Slide 11:Allusion

reference to a well known person, place, thing In the song, it’s referencing to the state Georgia. back

Slide 12:Couplet

A pair of rhyming lines In the song; That some day he’d be a star (A superstar but didn’t get far) back

Slide 13:Onomatopoeia

A use of words to imitate sounds In the song; (Leaving on a midnight train to Georgia, woo woo) back

Slide 14:Repetition

A use of many elements In the song; On that midnight train to Georgia back

Slide 15:Lyric

It expresses the observations and feelings of a speaker in a musical way. In the song, Gladys Knight is expressing her love and how much she misses her loved one. back

Slide 16:citations

"Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips." SONGFACTS. N.p., n.d.      Web. 11 May 2010. <http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1940>. Fontenot, Robert. "About." Rev. of Gladys Knight and the Pips, ed. Robert      Fortenot. About. Robert Fortenot, n.d. Web. 17 May 2010.      <http://oldies.about.com/od/70spopandsoul/p/gladysknight.htm>.

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