Oh Alabama
The devil fools
with the best laid plan.
Swing low Alabama
You got spare change
You got to feel strange
And now the moment
is all that it meant.

Alabama, you got
the weight on your shoulders
That's breaking your back.
Your Cadillac
has got a wheel in the ditch
And a wheel on the track

Oh Alabama
Banjos playing
through the broken glass
Windows down in Alabama.
See the old folks
tied in white robes
Hear the banjo.
Don't it take you down home?

Alabama, you got
the weight on your shoulders
That's breaking your back.
Your Cadillac
has got a wheel in the ditch
And a wheel on the track

Oh Alabama.
Can I see you
and shake your hand.
Make friends down in Alabama.
I'm from a new land
I come to you
and see all this ruin
What are you doing Alabama?
You got the rest of the union
to help you along
What's going wrong?


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  • +1
    General Commentactually you're both right...

    jehosefaton July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthats true! Sweet home alabama was an answer song to both of these. Check the sweet home alabama forum on this site, band name "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in which I give a brilliant account of the song, if I do say so myself!
    Leanahton July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe way he says "oh alabama" with that bass drum in the background breaks my heart
    paramaniaon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the line :
    "Your Cadillac
    has got a wheel in the ditch
    and a wheel on the track"

    implies that the state of Alabama (the "Cadillac") is finely balanced between taking the good path to redemption or regressing back into the bad.
    chrisb1on April 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsnt this the song that Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote Sweet Home Alabama in response to??
    shed27on June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i think skynyrd wrote his about neil young's "southern man"
    p h i n eon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on Harvest........as for the feud between neil young and lynyrd skynrd....ive heard that it didnt really exist but then ive heard that one of the skynrd guys was buried with a neil young t-shirt
    dasquien!on April 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlabama is the first song I ever heard on Harvest. That made me buy the album without hearing any other song on it. Alabama remains my favorite Neil Young song. The hard beat and the earthy sounds of the guitar makes it an unforgetable tune. Listen to the instrumental part after "Don't it take you down home?" The drums, piano,bass and guitars are perfectly blended. Neil Young rules!!!!!!
    appleharveyon August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about well like the title says it Alabama.
    As you know if your a real fan of Neil like me
    he is totally against racism.

    See the old folks
    tied in white ropes
    - im pretty sure these lines are about the kkk

    Your Cadillac
    has got a wheel in the ditch
    And a wheel on the track
    - these lines talks about how the white people were rich because of the black slaves
    expectingtoflyon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRonnie van zandt was buried in his Tonights the night t-shirt...neil was a pall bearer at his funeral...neil wrote powderfinger for skynyrd but they didnt do it.

    there was no feud.
    youknowimrighton August 23, 2007   Link

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