About the song

Welcome to this blog post about the song “Song of the South” by the country band Alabama. This song is a nostalgic tribute to the rural life of the South during the Great Depression and the New Deal era, featuring historical footage and images of farmers, cotton fields, poverty, and President Roosevelt. The song was released in 1989 as a track on their Southern Star album. The lead singer, Randy Owen, grew up surrounded by the farming culture in Alabama. The song celebrates the pride and resilience of the Southern people in the face of hardship, repeating the phrase “song, song of the south, sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth, gone, gone with the wind, there ain’t nobody looking back again” in the chorus. The song is also a response to Neil Young’s “Southern Man”, which criticized the South for its history of slavery and racism.


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