"Song Of The South" as written by and Bob Mcdill....
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

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

Sing it

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

Well somebody told us Wall Street fell
But we were so poor that we couldn't tell
Cotton was short and the weeds were tall
But Mr. Roosevelt's a gonna save us all

Well momma got sick and daddy got down
The county got the farm and they moved to town
Pappa got a job with the TVA
He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet

Sing it

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

Play it

Sing it

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

Song, song of the south

Gone, gone with the wind

Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.
Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.

Sing it

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

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


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"Song of the South" as written by Bob Mcdill

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    General CommentFirst things first: lyric correction "pappa got a job with the TVA" not TBA

    This is one of the few country songs that I like. Probably just because I love American history and this song really portrays the time period beautifully.
    lost.faithon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how the Yankees influenced much of the south after the civil war. They are still having an influence today. The 'song of the south' used to be a happy prideful one (and full of sweet potato pie... and other good eats I imagine), even if few ever got rich.

    When the northern liberal influence came down here (in part via FDR, who was born in NY), government programs such as the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) helped provide 'jobs' to people, though the value of many of those jobs was certainly questionable. The jobs resulted in a loss of the farms and the southern way of life, but ushered in Chevrolets and washing machines and other comforts of life.

    But to me, the strongest part of the song is what isn't said. The 'song of the south' that was lost along the way... the grandeur, the cordiality, the timelessness that was the old south. But everyone just shuts their mouth about it ... and eats their sweet potato pie, but now, from the frozen food aisle at the grocery store.

    Great song indeed!
    Freedom Loveron April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCatchy song! Very cool for an oldie! I love it. Thanks.

    b
    zipped6648on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of Alabama's greatest songs. They sing it so well and it has such a great moral.
    apaintedbarnon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song absolutly kicks ass
    Keeebler7on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim pretty sure this song is about the great depression. i like the part about FDR. to bad he had to die.
    DiegoTheGreaton June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its about the struggle of the south during the great depression.
    oldno.7on July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTake it easy on Diego, bro. Freedom Lover, great analysis; it evokes both the change in the southern way of life and a time that's now virtually lost. Clever historical references in spare wording. Great banjo licks here and there.
    pixie duston June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSong, song of the south
    Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
    Gone, gone with the wind
    There ain't nobody looking back again

    }}Basically the song is a statement about the historical South after the War Between the States

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

    }}They were sharecroppers in the 1920s meaning they lived on land they didn't own (they leased the land from landowners), picking cotton for which they would never profit. Wages were low then and sharecropping was one of the worst occupations. His father was probably a World War I veteran and a proud patriotic American ... but believed that the country owed him something in return. Southern democrats were populists who were mostly favored by poor whites. Think of John Edwards style politics in an era where segregation was still around. Yankees, mostly Republicans at the time, were in the majority and did not support the common folk in the south. Yankees disdained poor southern whites, having basically the same opinion back then as they do today. (Metro vs. Retro, according to a liberal San Francisco columnist.)

    Well somebody told us Wall Street fell
    But we were so poor that we couldn't tell
    Cotton was short and the weeds were tall
    But Mr. Roosevelt's a-gonna save us all

    }}Now we're in the 1930s. The Great Depression had little effect on poor southerners. In fact a lot were excited at the prospect of Northerners losing financial power over the South. Roosevelt was like a messiah though. He made nearly unbelievable promises to the American people. He promised not just to make it so that the rich would recover their wealth, but also that the poor could rise in the ranks and become more affluent. He called this the New Deal.

    Well momma got sick and daddy got down
    The county got the farm and they moved to town
    Pappa got a job with the TVA
    He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet

    }}His father had to pay for a doctor, meaning that he skipped one too many lease payments. So they lost their rights to the land they already didn't have. They moved into the town where jobs were available.

    The 1940s was the era in American history when we came the closest to Socialism. The TVA was one of the largest public works projects of the time, employing hundreds of thousands of men for the construction of dams, bridges, roads, and power plants. It still exists today even. (What we also have today is the still-building $9 trillion national debt!) However, it jump-started the economy, and a lot of Americans became more affluent - hence the washing machine and the Chevrolet part. They sacrificed a lot for the war effort though - including the rationing of food and gas.

    So here we are in the 1940s, and the New South is emerging. New Deal "socialism" benefited the South more than any other region of the country. Roosevelt has united the South and the North in a way Presidents Lincoln and Johnson never could with their fascist military dictatorships.

    The singer isn't talking about the end of the Old South in a completely negative way. He's proud of his family being from the Old South, but he acknowledges that the New South is probably a better time and place to live (notice the pleasant tone when he sings "he bought a washin' machine / and then a Chevrolet").

    Amazing song, probably the one I like most from Alabama.
    ascribe2thelordon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song still has things to say. My favorite line is "Somebody told us Wall St. fell, but we were so poor that we couldn't tell"
    Rural people are still poor. When we here on the radio that one company takes over another it makes zero difference in our everyday lives. We are headed for another Great Depression. Bankers and stockbrokers may jump out windows again. But country people will hunt fish and forage, like we always have done.
    amymonkeyon September 16, 2008   Link

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