"Alabama Boy" as written by and Alice Peacock....
You look kinda like Jesus
In those Italian paintings
You seem so familiar - maybe that's why
You're accustomed to sorrow
It's part of your make-up
You speak the language of hunger
So do I
Where was your God?
Where was your mother?
Where is the honor in hurting a child?
Your blood on his hands
A voice like thunder
You won't give him the pleasure of seeing you cry
Alabama boy inside a man
Living your life the best that you can
With a childhood full of not enough
You could've chose hate but you chose love
When you're in the room
It's there on your face
So clear to me that you're walking in Grace
I'm always amazed at the things that you do
You illuminate me
And those around you
And I don't even know you
But I've know you forever
We were forged by some holy fire
Far away eyes
Filled with sadness and joy
Contradiction, benediction, Alabama boy
There's a raft on the river
It's sacred water
Sparkling beneath a southern sky
Little Boy Blue
Part Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Floating away with a dream in your eye

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"Alabama Boy" as written by Alice Peacock

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    General CommentI don't know why, but first time I heard this I immediately thought of gay rights. :/ Especially the part about God's apparent apathy at violence done in his name. The reason probably was that I know a few people who went through this from down south. They went through really horrible shit growing up. Beaten up by their own dads for not living up to expectations, thrown out of the house with only the shirt on their backs, the things they did just to survive as kids on their own in the streets. Some of them grow up as irrepairably damaged angry human beings, some die and no one cares about it. But I know a few who are, to put it in the corniest way possible LOL, simply some of the most beautiful human beings alive. Holding no resentment for the suffering they've been through and ironically being closer actually to what Jesus taught than their supposedly 'religious' parents. Y'know... people who really are at peace with the world. Few people can claim to have gone through the kind of suffering that some people have and still end up forgiving. This especially resonates with me:

    "You could've chose hate but you chose love"

    Anyway, the song could also refer to someone who went through an abusive childhood. I'd really like to know what this song is about though. Was it about a specific person? A specific incident? And Alice Peacock, apparently, hasn't posted anywhere else about it.
    S14on March 17, 2011   Link

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