Bobby Bare - Song Of The South Guitar Chords

Bobby Bare

country, country gospel, country rock, cowboy western

Chords: D, A7, G
This song was written by Bob McDill and was originally recorded by Bobby Bare in 1980 on his ‘Drunk and Crazy’ 
album.  That’s where I learned it and that’s where the extra (second) verse comes from which was not included 
by Alabama on their hit cover of this song.  The ‘TVA’ mentioned in the last verse is the 
‘Tennessee Valley Authority’.

SONG OF THE SOUTH

INTRO:
D///A7///G///D///  D///A7///G///D///

[Chorus]
D     A7
Song, song of the south
G                              D
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
D     A7
Gone, gone with the wind
G                          D
There ain't nobody looking back again

D                       A7
Cotton on the roadside, cotton in the ditch
G                           D    
We all picked cotton but we never got rich
D                      A7
Daddy was a veteran, a Southern Democrat he said
G                                D
They oughta  get the rich men to vote like that

[Chorus]
D     A7
Song, song of the south
G                              D
Sweet potato pie and I hush my mouth
D     A7
Gone, gone with the wind
G                          D
There ain't nobody looking back again


D                          A7
When I was eighteen well I ate my fill
G                              D
We lived on the garden and the cow’s good will.
D                      A7    
Summers were hot and winters were dry and
G                D
Momma was old at thirty-five.

[Chorus]
D     A7
Song, song of the south
G                              D
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
D     A7
Gone, gone with the wind
G                          D
There ain't nobody looking back again

D                          A7
Well somebody told us that Wall Street had fell                             
        G                      D   
We were so damned poor that we couldn't even tell
D                        A7
Cotton was short and the weeds was tall
G                        D     
Mr. Roosevelt was  gonna save us all 

[Chorus]
D                A7
You sing a song, song of the south
G                    D
Sweet potato pie and I hush my mouth
D               A7
I’m gone, now,  gone with the wind
G                          D
There ain't nobody looking back again

D                       A7 
Well momma got sick and daddy got down    
G                               D                   
The county took the farm and we moved to town
D                        A7
Daddy got a job with the TVA
G                                      D
We bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet

[Chorus]
D     A7
Song, song of the south
G                              D
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth
D     A7
Gone, gone with the wind
G                          D
There ain't nobody looking back again

Repeat chorus and end.  The chorus can be repeated a capella and in harmony for a nice effect.

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