High Cotton (song)
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|Single by Alabama|
|from the album Southern Star|
|Released||July 28, 1989|
Larry Michael Lee
|Alabama singles chronology|
"High Cotton" is a song written by Scott Anders and Roger Murrah, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in July 1989 as the third single from the album Southern Star. The song was one of four singles on the album to reach number one on the Hot Country Singles chart.
The song is a reminiscence of the youth of the narrator, who explains how his younger days were so good, and how he didn't realize how the times would change. "We didn't know that times were lean / Around our house the grass was green / It didn't seem like things were all that bad." The song references some the morals and customs characteristic of religious farming families, especially during the olden days, such as taking Sunday as a strict day of rest, whether or not there was work that could be done. The whole fourth stanza of the song references this "When Sunday mornings rolled around / We dressed up in hand-me-downs / Just in time, togather with the church / Sometimes I think how long it's been / And how it impressed me then / It was the only day my daddy wouldn't work." It also glorifies a generally simple lifestyle of hard work. "I bet we walked a thousand miles / Choppin' cotton and pushin' plows / And learnin' how to give it all we had."
The music video consists of fairly modern (upon release of the song) footage of a farm. The early 1950s Cadillac convertible that is seen in the video is being driven by the band members of Alabama, who seem to be observing with admiration the things they are seeing that relate to the context of the song. The video was directed by Jack Cole.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||25|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||13|
- "allmusic ((( Southern Star > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allcharts. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
- "RPM Country Tracks. RPM. November 4, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Alabama Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
by Ricky Van Shelton
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
October 28, 1989
"Ace in the Hole"
by George Strait
|RPM Country Tracks
November 4, 1989
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