Down Home (song)

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"Down Home"
Single by Alabama
from the album Pass It On Down
B-side "Goodbye (Kelly's Song)"[1]
Released February 4, 1991
Recorded January 1990
Genre Country
Length 3:29
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Rick Bowles
Josh Leo
Producer(s) Josh Leo
Larry Michael Lee
Alabama
Alabama singles chronology
"Forever's as Far as I'll Go"
(1990)
"Down Home'"
(1991)
"Here We Are"
(1991)

"Down Home" is a song written by Rick Bowles and Josh Leo, and recorded by American country music band Alabama. It was released in February 1991 as the fourth single from their album Pass It On Down. The song hit number one on the Hot Country Singles chart in April 1991.[2]

Lyrics[edit]

"Down Home" is about the narrator telling the story of his childhood growing up in a rural area or a small town ("Just off of the beaten path/A little dot on a state road map/That's where I was born and where I'll die"). The song continues by paying homage to the generally tighter knit social integrity of such rural developments ("Down home, where they know you by name and treat you like family/Down home, a man's good word and a hand shake/Are all you need").

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 16
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 19. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Pass It on Down > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 4, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alabama Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
by Garth Brooks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 13-April 27, 1991
Succeeded by
"Rockin' Years"
by Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton
Preceded by
"Heroes and Friends"
by Randy Travis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 4-May 11, 1991