"Where I Come From" as written by and Alan Eugene Jackson....
Well I was rollin' wheels and shiftin' gears
'Round that Jersey Turnpike
When Barney stopped me with his gun
Ten minutes after midnight
Said sir you broke the limit in this rusty ol' truck
I don't know about that accent son
Just where did you come from

I said where I come from
It's cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta front porch sittin'
Where I come from, tryin' to make a livin'
And workin' hard to get to heaven
Where I come from

Well I was south of Detroit City
I pulled in this country kitchen
To try their brand of barbecue
The sign said finger-lickin'
Well I paid the tab and the lady asked me
How'd you like my biscuit
I'll be honest with you ma'am
It ain't like mama fixed it

'Cause where I come from
It's cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta front porch pickin'
Where I come from, tryin' to make a livin'
And workin' hard to get to heaven
Where I come from

I was chasin' sun on 101
Somewhere around Ventura
I lost a universal joint and I had to use my finger
This tall lady stopped and asked
If I had plans for dinner
Said no thanks ma'am, back home
We like the girls that sing soprano

'Cause where I come from
It's cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta front porch sitiin'
Where I come from, tryin' to make a livin'
And workin' hard to get to heaven
Where I come from

Well I was headed home on 65
Somewhere around Kentucky
And the CB rang for a bobtail rig
That's rollin' on like thunder
Well I answered him and he asked me
Aren't you from out in Tulsa
No, but you might'a seen me there
I just dropped a load of salsa

Where I come from
It's cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta front porch pickin'
Where I come from, tryin' to make a livin'
And workin' hard to get to heaven
Where I come from

Where I come from yeah
It's cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta back porch pickin'
Where I come from, tryin' to make a livin'
And workin' hard to get to heaven
Where I come from
Where I come from

Yeah where I come from
A lotta front porch sittin'
Starin' up at heaven
Where I come from
Where I come from
Tryin' to make a livin'
Oh where I come from
Where I come from


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"Where I Come From" as written by Alan Eugene Jackson

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    General CommentI think he's implying that the woman might have been a tranny. Obviously, he comes from a place where men are men and women are women. You probably don't see a lot of that. Soprano is a high pitched singing. She probably had a man's voice. He's implying the simplicity of where he comes from compared to else where. But I don't know, that's just my opinion.
    metalhead420on September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbout the universal joint/finger, I think what he meant was his thumb, meaning he had to hitch-hike. But I'm not positive. Maybe that was why the 'tall lady' saw him and stopped? And I agree with the opinion that the lady is either a man or a tranny.

    I like Alan Jackson, but this type of song bothers me, generalizing about an area like that. Especially since, aside from the first verse, he keeps offering the info to these people in the other verses who didn't ask. Maybe they share some of his love for cornbread, but he writes them off as different from him because of where they're from.
    Sreymon July 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlright so i don't listen to a lot of Country and this song is one of the reasons why. The lines "where i come from tryin' to make a livin Workin hard to get to heaven" really get under my skin. I hate to bring North and South into this because that issue should be in the past, but Alan Jackson i feel is implying that the North is lazy and unmotivated. That and the entire song seems to be saying that his way of life is the best and he has little respect for the way other people live
    medcob12on July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyou obviously have never lived in the south, i am a "yankee" to many people down here. The attitudes towards everything are completely different, the lifestyle and motivation aren't even close to that of the north.
    knuckball7on September 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell medcob, i'm from the north and i think that he's just describing his life. he dosen't know how you live and he's not putting the "north" down at all. people, like you, sterotype him and in the song he confronts them. his way of living is different and not everybody knows what it's like. so the only person bring "north and south" in, is you.
    bluboy431on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's just Alan Jackson's opionion, I myself am very opinionated, and this song is about what life is like where he comes from, which is the south. And he's not saying that people from the north are quote, un-quote "lazy and unmotivated". He's just saying that's were he comes from, and it's his way of life, he isn't necesarilly saying that people in the north are "lazy and unmotivated".

    -shyanne
    shyanne_13on June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan someone give me their opinion of these lines:
    "Said no thanks ma'am, back home
    We like the girls that sing soprano"?
    ~Carl
    csnowman00on July 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its more of a rural vs. urban thing and not so much North v. South.
    shoehornhandson November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttheres no need for the north and south to be brought in question here. the lifestyle of those in the south and the lifestyle of those in the north really do differ. people in the south are more apt to be on their front porch swings drinkin a beer, while northerners are more apt to be sitting in their jacuzzi sippin champagne. i was born in the south but raised in the north so you cant say that im against the north because quite frankly im not, but now living back in the south i do see the differences. but its just culture .. thats all.
    texasbaby4735on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou really got me on that soprano line. This one confuses me too:

    "I lost a universal joint and I had to use my finger"

    It gives me a headache just wondering what he was talking about in this line.
    csnowman00on January 06, 2008   Link

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