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May 31

“Song of the South:” Too Infectious, You Can’t Resist

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Folks, stomp your boots and clap your hands as we return back to the past! There ain’t no song as amazing as country music. We all know that there are other genres of music out there that are incredible too, but country music will always feel like home. Every song has an amazing story but country music touches every aspect of our lives. It ranges from love, happiness, truck, a beautiful girl, and even poverty. You read that right, folks.

The old country song often touches subjects about poverty or life during the Great Depression. These issues give us a glimpse of what it was like before and now. One particular song that will catch your attention is “Song of the South.”

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The infectious melody of “Song of the South”/ Photo via funeralbasics.org

“Song of the South:” A Sad Story with a Good Feel Melody

The catchy, good feel song is a great single that you’ll surely get hooked as you listen to it. However, the song states the story of a poor family who lived during the Great Depression. Doesn’t that sound sad for a song with a happy melody? The family was so poor that they don’t even know what’s happening with the fall of Wall Street. The characters reached the point of losing their farm. However, it was a happy ending, as Pappa got a job with the TVA, the family finally lived a comfortable life, he bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet. Maybe that’s why the song has a catchy tune because the story ended happily.

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Alabama covered “Song of the South”/ Photo from Alabama’s Official Website

“Song of the South” was covered by many artists, but the country rock band, Alabama popularized it. It has a catchy tune and simple rhyming words that you’ll end up singing it over and over 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

Here’s Alabama’s version:

Alabama and Other Artists

The unforgettable song was penned in the ’80s by Bob McDill. It was Bobby Bare who took it first, yet it wasn’t a hit for him. After Bare, other artists gave it a try. Some of them were Johnny Russell, Tom T. Hall, and Earl Scruggs. The artists mentioned had their renditions reach the Billboard chart. However, Alabama was the only one who made it reach number one, both in the US and Canada. The band’s version was a track from their album Southern Star.

No matter what version you listen to, you’ll definitely like it. The song’s too infectious to resist!


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