Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

Cotton on the roadside, cotton in the ditch
We all picked the cotton but we never got rich
Daddy was a veteran, a southern democrat
They oughta get a rich man to vote like that

Sing it

Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

Well somebody told us Wall Street fell
But we were so poor that we couldn't tell
Cotton was short and the weeds were tall
But Mr. Roosevelt's a gonna save us all

Well momma got sick and daddy got down
The county got the farm and they moved to town
Pappa got a job with the TVA
He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet

Sing it

Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

Play it

Sing it

Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

Song, song of the south

Gone, gone with the wind

Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.
Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.

Sing it

Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again

Song, song of the south
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
Gone, gone with the wind
There ain't nobody looking back again


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Song of the South Lyrics as written by Bob Mcdill

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    General CommentFirst things first: lyric correction "pappa got a job with the TVA" not TBA

    This is one of the few country songs that I like. Probably just because I love American history and this song really portrays the time period beautifully.
    lost.faithon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how the Yankees influenced much of the south after the civil war. They are still having an influence today. The 'song of the south' used to be a happy prideful one (and full of sweet potato pie... and other good eats I imagine), even if few ever got rich.

    When the northern liberal influence came down here (in part via FDR, who was born in NY), government programs such as the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) helped provide 'jobs' to people, though the value of many of those jobs was certainly questionable. The jobs resulted in a loss of the farms and the southern way of life, but ushered in Chevrolets and washing machines and other comforts of life.

    But to me, the strongest part of the song is what isn't said. The 'song of the south' that was lost along the way... the grandeur, the cordiality, the timelessness that was the old south. But everyone just shuts their mouth about it ... and eats their sweet potato pie, but now, from the frozen food aisle at the grocery store.

    Great song indeed!
    Freedom Loveron April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatchy song! Very cool for an oldie! I love it. Thanks.

    b
    zipped6648on June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of Alabama's greatest songs. They sing it so well and it has such a great moral.
    apaintedbarnon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song absolutly kicks ass
    Keeebler7on May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim pretty sure this song is about the great depression. i like the part about FDR. to bad he had to die.
    DiegoTheGreaton June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its about the struggle of the south during the great depression.
    oldno.7on July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTake it easy on Diego, bro. Freedom Lover, great analysis; it evokes both the change in the southern way of life and a time that's now virtually lost. Clever historical references in spare wording. Great banjo licks here and there.
    pixie duston June 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song still has things to say. My favorite line is "Somebody told us Wall St. fell, but we were so poor that we couldn't tell"
    Rural people are still poor. When we here on the radio that one company takes over another it makes zero difference in our everyday lives. We are headed for another Great Depression. Bankers and stockbrokers may jump out windows again. But country people will hunt fish and forage, like we always have done.
    amymonkeyon September 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song so reminds me of being a kid in the 80's with good ole 80's country music. My family loves Alabama. This song was so catchy and we used to sing it all the time. Course, at the time I didn't understand the meaning of it. Now I do. Whenever I get a chance I look this one up on youtube and watch the video.
    Brunicason January 14, 2009   Link

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