Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

November 7, 2011 in Archive, Songs

Sweet Home Alabama is one of the most iconic songs in the history of rock and roll. Written by Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Ed King around the time of recording their first album, Sweet Home Alabama was included as the first track on “Second Helping”. Released in 1974 Sweet Home was a top 10 hit in the US and was voted number one in Country Music Television’s Top 20 Greates southern Rock Songs (2006).

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Intended as a rebuttal to Neil Young’s “Alabama” and “Southern Man”, which were scathing criticisms of life in the south, Sweet Home Alabama painted a more positive image. But Van Zant got in a couple jabs of his own.

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Recorded at Studio One in Doraville, GA the band had been playing the song for a while at their live club shows around Atlanta. Guitarist Ed King heard Rossington playing around with the riff at rehearsal. That night, King said the chords and guitar solos came to him note for note in a dream. After showing it to the band the next day, Van Zant wrote the lyrics.

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According to Rodney Mills, the recording session took just one day. More background vocal were added in the studio in California before mixing. The first female background vocals to appear on a lynyrd sSkynyrd song.
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Sweet Home Alabama Lyrics

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the Southland
I miss Alabamy once again
And I think its a sin, yes

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 coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the governor
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

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 about you?

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

Sweet home Alabama
Oh sweet home baby
Where the skies are so blue
And the governor’s true
Sweet Home Alabama
Lordy
Lord, I’m coming home to you
Yea, yea Montgomery’s got the answer

Sweet Home Alabama guitar tab from UltimateGuitar.com.

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