About the song

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard of Alan Jackson’s hit song “Chattahoochee”. It’s a catchy and upbeat tune that celebrates the joys of growing up and falling in love along the Chattahoochee River, which flows from northern Georgia and forms part of the borders that Georgia shares with Alabama and Florida. But do you know the story behind this song? How did it come to be one of Jackson’s most successful and beloved singles? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the history and meaning of “Chattahoochee”, and why it resonates with so many people across the country.

“Chattahoochee” was co-written by Jackson and his longtime collaborator Jim McBride, who had previously worked together on songs like “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Someday”. According to McBride, he had read a book about the Chattahoochee River and came up with the first two lines of the song: “Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee / It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie”. He showed the idea to Jackson, who was immediately hooked. They started working on the song in Tallahassee, Florida, and finished it the next day in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They wrote it as an up-tempo song that would capture the fun and nostalgia of their childhood memories by the river.

The song was released as the third single from Jackson’s third studio album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love), in May 1993. The album title was taken from a line in the song itself. The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 52. It sold over half a million copies and earned Jackson two CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1994.

The song’s popularity was boosted by its music video, which was directed by Martin Kahan and featured Jackson water-skiing in jeans and cowboy boots on the Chattahoochee River. The video also showed scenes of Jackson and his friends having fun by the river, as well as clips of him performing the song live. The video used an extended remix version of the song, which added an extra verse and a guitar solo. The video won the ACM award for Video of the Year in 1994.

“Chattahoochee” is widely regarded as one of Jackson’s signature songs and one of the best country songs of all time. It has been covered by many artists, such as Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery, and more. It has also been featured in movies, TV shows, video games, and commercials. The song appeals to listeners of all ages and backgrounds, because it evokes a universal sense of nostalgia, happiness, and innocence. As McBride said, “With most people, there’s a river that they have memories about.”

In this blog post, we’ve explored the history and meaning of “Chattahoochee”, one of Alan Jackson’s most iconic songs. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this classic country tune and its impact on popular culture. If you want to listen to “Chattahoochee” or other songs by Alan Jackson, you can find them on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, or other streaming platforms. Thanks for reading!

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Lyrics

Well, way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie
We laid rubber on the Georgia asphalt
We got a little crazy but we never got caught
Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Yeah, way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a litttle ’bout love
Ah ha
Well, we fogged up the windows in my old Chevy
I was willing but she wasn’t ready
So I settled for a burger and a grape snow cone
I dropped her off early but I didn’t go home
Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Yeah, way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love
Well, way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie
We laid rubber on the Georgia asphalt
We got a little crazy but we never got caught
Well, we fogged up the windows in my old Chevy
I was willing but she wasn’t ready
So I settled for a burger and a grape snow cone
I dropped her off early but I didn’t go home
Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Yeah, way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love
Yeah, that’s right