Sweet Home Alabama

1974 single by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from the album Second Helping. It was released in 1974 and reached the #8 spot on the American music charts.[1]

Meaning change

The song was made in response to two songs that Neil Young had made about racism in the Southern United States, called "Southern Man" and "Alabama".[2] The band felt that Young was being unfair to Alabama and the South, so Sweet Home Alabama includes the positive things about the state including the beautiful whether ("where the sky's always blue") and the music heritage (Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers / And they've been known to pick a song or two"). The song also protests then-Alabama Governor George Wallace[source?], who was known for his racist views.

References change

  1. "Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  2. "Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young". thrasherswheat.org. Retrieved December 22, 2010.