Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Song Lyrics, Chart History, Artist Information

  • One of the songs most closely aligned with the term "Southern Rock"...it truly is an anthem of southern rock & roll
  • Written by Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant, & Gary Rossington
  • The original members of the band all went to school together in Jacksonville, Florida
  • The gym teacher & coach of Robert E. Lee High School where Gary Rossington was enrolled was named Leonard Skinner.  Skinner insisted that Rossington cut his hair, and when Rossington eventually quit school over the issue, they renamed the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the "Y"s thrown in to avoid a lawsuit
  • On 10/20/77 Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines died in a plane crash in Mississippi. Gaines' sister, Cassie, who was a backup singer with the group, also died
  • The reference to Neil Young was in response to the song "Southern Man" the Young wrote critical of Alabama
  • There was a good natured feud between the artists for some time, & on the album "Street Survivors", Ronnie Van Zant can be seen wearing a Neil Young T-shirt
  • The "Swampers" are a group of studio musicians that worked at Muscle Shoals' Fame studio
  • George Wallace was the governor of Alabama when the song was released, & liked the song so much he made the band honorary Lt. Colonels in the state militia
  • The song reached #8 on the charts in 1974, it was the band's first Top 40 hit
  • Although many of the band's songs were (and continue to be) extremely popular and recognizable, they only had 5 top 40 hits in their career.

A sample of this song as performed by Oracle is available by clicking on either of the links below.  The RealAudio file will stream to your computer rather quickly assuming you have the RealAudio player installed.  The MP3 file must download completely first, but is of a higher audio quality.

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Sweet Home Alabama - Song Lyrics

One, two, three...
Turn it up
Big wheels keep on turnin
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the southland
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 anyhow

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

In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor
(Boo hoo hoo)
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
Here I come, Alabama

Alabama, ahhhh, Alabama...

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

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

Sweet home Alabama, home sweet home, baby
Where the skies are so blue, and the Gov'nor's true
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, yeah
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Yeah, yeah
My, Montgomery's got the answer

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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