"Southern Accents" as written by and Tom Petty....
There's a southern accent, where I come from
The young 'uns call it country
The Yankees call it dumb
I got my own way of talkin'
But everything is done, with a southern accent
Where I come from

Now that drunk tank in Atlanta's
Just a motel room to me
Think I might go work Orlando
If them orange groves don't freeze
I got my own way of workin'
But everything is run, with a southern accent
Where I come from

For just a minute there I was dreaming
For just a minute it was all so real
For just a minute she was standing there, with me

There's a dream I keep having
Where my mama comes to me
And kneels down over by the window
And says a prayer for me
I got my own way of prayin'
But everyone's begun
With a southern accent
Where I come from

I got my own way of livin'
But everything gets done
With a southern accent
Where I come from

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"Southern Accents" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentWow, first comment.

    Erm, well, as a Southerner myself I've always really liked this song... if I remember right Johnny Cash also sung this after Petty did...
    Acey_Deareston January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about knowing where you can from, and knowing just where you stand. At least, that is how I interpret is. Being a southerner, this song has always had a profound meaning on me. It's so beautiful :)
    Cameramankillron February 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. the first time i heard it was actually when i watched "runnin down a dream" and petty was singing it live :) i'm not from the south in any way (nor cal native here) but i love it nonetheless
    jasssson May 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just about this narrator who's from the south and has it deep in his blood, but who doesn't stay there forever. I think he's a bit frustrated that the world has changed him and he's nostalgic for the south, but he knows there's a part of that upbringing that'll never fade, and ultimately, leaving was the right thing. Hence the "I got my own way of _____, but everything ... where I come from" theme. It's one of my favorites from TP & HB.
    cogginjson March 06, 2013   Link

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