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Alabama Uses 'Song Of The South' To Remind Us How America Was Built

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Alabama Songs | Alabama Uses 'Song Of The South' To Remind Us How America Was Built | Country Music Videos
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The hit country band's 1988 single pays tribute to the sacrifices people made to rebuild our country after a devastating blow...

Written many years after the Great Depression, Alabama's No. 1 single, "Song Of The South" brings back memories and honors those who sacrificed so much during that time so that we could rebuild our nation.  

When the Southern rock band picked up the song, it had already been released three times before, but didn't find much success. Penned by famous country music songwriter, Bob McDill, the song was a true Southern gem and Alabama had an immense hit on their hands. 

Continuing a string of No. 1 hits, Alabama's 1988 release of "Song Of The South" became their third successive chart-topper and their 24th No. 1 single overall. 

The timeless song talks about a family during the Great Depression. They are a poor cotton-farming family that the song sings about with "We all picked the cotton but we never got rich." It even references Roosevelt's 'New Deal' through, "The cotton was short and the weeds was tall, but Mr. Roosevelt's gonna save us all". The track continues to describe their plights and battles as they lose the farm when the mother falls ill. The ending is better with the family finding better fortunes in a city. 

The song reminisces in a time when things were incredibly difficult for much of America, including the South, but people kept their heads up and worked toward a better future on the other side.

Watch Alabama's beautiful tribute to American determination in the video below!

LYRICS BELOW

Song, Song of the south
Sweet potato pie, and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't no body looking back again

Cotton on roadside, cotton on the ditch
We all picked the cotton but we never got rich
Daddy was a veteren, a southern democrat
They oughta get rich man to vote like that singing

Song song of the south
Sweet potato pie, and I shut my mouth
Gone gone with the wind
There aint no body looking back again

Well somebody told us wall street fell
But we were so poor that we couldn't tell
The cotton was short, and the weeds was' tall
But Mr. Roosevelt's a' gonna save us all

Well momma got sick, and daddy got down
The county got the farm, and we moved to town
Poppa got a job with the TVA
We bought a washing machine, and then a Chevrolet

Song song of the south
Sweet potatoe pie, and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

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