"Chattahoochee" as written by Jim Mcbride and Alan Jackson....
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 little 'bout love

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
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

Yeah, way down yonder on the Chattahochee
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.


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"Chattahoochee" as written by Alan Jackson Jim Mcbride

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    General CommentOkay, lets get one thing straight here: this song IS NOT about the Chattahoochee River, nor is it ABOUT A RIVER!!

    What Alan sings about here is his youth and all of the fun, crazy, stupid things things that he did in the summertime. This song is NOT about how great the Chattahoochee River is, but rather it is about growin' up in the south, in the country, and in the summertime. The Chattahoochee is essentially a place where he grew up and "learned a lot about livin' and a little bout love".
    JPettiton November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI do think JPettit is right about this, fantastic song, no doubt about it, but it is about him growing up probably in his teens, and trying to exlpain how he killed time. It does, like most Country songs, have a message: Live by the minute, and definately have a relaxed lifestyle.
    saawanjon May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell we fooged up the windows in my old chevy
    I was willing but she wasn't ready
    So a settled for a burger and a grape sno-cone
    Dropped her off early but I didn't go home

    I love those lines. always makes me smile for some crazy reason.
    poohblueskyon June 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me smile too.. ahhh goodsong<3
    B3NT3DG3Son May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know why I like this song...it makes me laugh. This is true country music!
    apaintedbarnon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI live less than a mile from the Chattahoochee so these lyrics really ring true. Alan Jackson, as usual is so great at getting his emotions across from a story like this
    GAknightgolfer22on June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song, it's so fun to listen to, and it brigs back good memories.
    shyanne_13on June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this sogn it is so happy, i love the line
    "just a livin' for the minute"
    thats a sweet line to live by
    bean14on July 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never understood this song until I went shopping at Kohls outside of Atlanta. The chatahoochie is cool
    Stefanem20904on July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
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    shadowkats3on July 06, 2010   Link

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