"Birmingham" as written by and Randy Newman....
Got a wife got a family
Earn my livin' with my hand
I'm a roller in a steel mill
In downtown Birmingham

My daddy was a barber
And a most unsightly man
He was born in Tuscaloosa
But he died right here in Birmingham

Birmingham Birmingham
The greatest city in Alabam'
You can travel 'cross this entire land
But there's no place like Birmingham

Got a wife named Mary
But she's called Marie
We live in a three room house
With a pepper tree
And I work all day in the factory
That's alright with me

Got a big black dog
And his name is Dan
Who lives in my backyard in Birmingham
He is the meanest dog in Alabam'
Get 'em Dan


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"Birmingham" as written by Randy Newman

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    General Commenthahaha what the fuck this song is great
    j.acobon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInteresting that Newman chose to put this song after "Rednecks," since they're basically giving off opposite messages.
    pumkinhedon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe whole of the 'Good old boys' album is looking at the South from different angles and this song is a sympathetic account of one typical Southerner - I find the line about the dog, Dan, being 'the meanest dog in Alabam' very poignant
    pconlon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThese few words paint such vivid pictures of ordinary people. These little observations are so odd and incidental, I assume they were drawn from people he knew.
    offhandon December 21, 2010   Link

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