"Sweet Home Alabama" as written by Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Robert Rossington and Edward C. King....
Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss 'ole' 'bamy once again
And I think it's a sin

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around any how

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how bout you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

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"Sweet Home Alabama" as written by Gary Robert Rossington Edward C. King

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    General CommentThe message of the song is, like the South, complicated.

    Initially I heard it as the Alabama answer to California Dreamin'. No biggie.

    Then I noticed the lyrics about the people loving Governor Wallace. Not so cool to rally around a well-known segregationist.

    Missing from the above lyrics is the line "Boo, boo, boo!"

    Those boos could be interpreted as Skynyrd booing Wallace. Or it could be them mocking Wallace's detractors, like Neil Young. I don't know.

    But the next line "we all did what we could do" suggests Wallace left them wanting.

    In the line about Watergate, they're comparing Wallace to former President Nixon. By the time of this song, Nixon was a discredited liar & an embarrassment to all Americans. The lesson is that politicians are jerks, whether it's the Californian Nixon or the Alabaman Wallace. This is not a ringing endorsement of Wallace. Skynyrd's stand for Wallace is more fatalist than enthusiastic. At this point, the controversy was dead in my mind.

    Then I noticed that line "And the governor's true".

    This surprised me. After distancing themselves from Wallace, they embrace him again. Why?

    By 1974 (year this song was released) Wallace had moderated his views about segregation. In 1972, he ran on a platform that included a renouncement of formal segregation. There was certainly some revisionism going on, there. But the reality is that Wallace was changing with the times. He was elected democratically, reflecting the values of his constituents. Doesn't that say something about the citizens of Alabama?

    Isn't that what Skynyrd is celebrating?
    SteveOramaon March 05, 2011   Link

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