Reclaiming Lyrical Mythologies: Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • Special thanks to my friend Bob Duskis for the idea.

Sigh………..Where were we?

Oh. Right. 1973.

So, Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey recently signed a bill that essentially makes it a felony to provide abortion services to anyone UNLESS the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Rape/Incest not being one of these things, it don’t matter. 99 years in prison for you! Thanks white woman. You’re so omnipotent, supreme, and wise. Except for that last word with the W. I believe I meant wicked. As in evil. AND stupid, as in wicked stupid. (I call secret angler fish!)

Since then, Georgia proposed House Bill 481 or the “Heartbeat” law, THANKFULLY Kentucky’s abortion law was struck down by the federal court, BUT Ohio signed its OWN “Heartbeat” abortion ban, and the Tennessee General Assembly approved a measure that could trigger an abortion ban in the state provided the Supreme Court awards states the authority to regulate abortion services. Florida’s state rep claims that God told him to introduce an abortion ban…..and the lunatics attempt to take over the asylum.

While these measures on their own don’t completely prevent abortion access to women who want one [I say “want” because I believe it should be as accessible as a Magnum Ice Cream popsicle as far as I’m fucking concerned. (droooool)], the point is to bring the issue all the way up to the Supreme Court so that we allllll have to follow Gramps back to 1973 when state regulated abortion restrictions were voted unconstitutional by the US Government at the subject was put to rest. I mean… justice was duly served, right? Women have a constitutional right to privacy and bodily autonomy, right? RIGHT?!?!?!

WHYYYYYY are we back here again? This makes me so upset for SO many reasons. ONE of the less important reasons is because I can’t peaceably ignore Sweet Home Alabama anymore. I know it was from another era (the racist one. Ok, OK, I realize we’re still IN a racist era but, for the sake of my poor boiling blood, one civil rights travesty at a time please?), but people drunkenly scream-sing it in bars NOW.

I mean….I can fix that. I can try to bring this song back in a way that freshens it up and makes it applicable to the current state of affairs. Maybe it can enjoy a resurgence in popularity? Not that I’m anywhere NEAR the level of recognition and viral possibility of Lynyrd Skynyrd, but….HEY! It could happen!

That racist-ass song is in desperate need of a reboot anyway.

Let’s break it down

Same ol wheels keep on turning. It’s made a home under my skin. Making laws straight out of the old land. They’re trying to control us once again and I think it’s a sin.

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her. Well I heard ol’ Neil take her to town. Well, I know Neil Young remembers, the weight on your shoulders that’s breaking your back is bringing you down.

Fuck You Alabama! Where the lies are so true. Fuck You Alabama. Lord, I’m so damn done with you!

In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor, Boo-Hoo-Hoo! We’re gonna do all we can do. Kay Ivey, what the fuck you doing, girl!? Does your conscience bother you? Now tell the truth!

Fuck You Alabama! Where the lies are so true. Fuck You Alabama. Lord, I’m so damn done with you!

The Supreme Court has Roe V Wade now. And they’ve been known to pick the side of truth (yes they do). Lord, I hope they get this right now. Let history do what history do!

Fuck You Alabama! Where the lies are so true. Fuck You Alabama. Lord, I’m so damn done with you!

Fuck You Alabama! Where the lies are so true, (and the Gov’nor’s through!) Fuck You Alabama. Lord, I’m so damn done with you!


Have a song you’d like me to de-mythstify? Let me know in the comments below!