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

[Chorus]
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

[Chorus]


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Birmingham Lyrics as written by Randy Newman

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    Interesting 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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    The 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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    hahaha what the fuck this song is great

    j.acobon June 01, 2006   Link
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    These 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 22, 2010   Link

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