Where I Come From (Alan Jackson song)

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"Where I Come From"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album When Somebody Loves You
B-side "A Love Like That"
Released July 9, 2001
Format Promo-only CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 4:02
Label Arista Nashville 69102
Writer(s) Alan Jackson
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"When Somebody Loves You"
(2001)
"Where I Come From"
(2001)
"It's Alright to Be a Redneck"
(2001)

"Where I Come From" is a song written and performed by American country music singer Alan Jackson. It was released in July 2001 as the third single from his album When Somebody Loves You. In November 2001, the song became Jackson's eighteenth Number One hit on the Billboard country charts.

Content[edit]

The song is a moderate up-tempo which finds the narrator, a truck driver, traveling across the United States and finding himself in various situations that make him think about how life in other places is different from his Southern lifestyle. The first verse finds him pulled over by a police officer, who says that he "don't know about that accent". In the second verse, the narrator stops at a diner to have a barbecue dinner, which he claims ain't like Mama fixed it. In the third verse, he is stopped after losing his universal joint, when he is met by a lady who asks if "he has plans for dinner", and finally, in the fourth and final verse, he is asked on the CB radio if he is from Tulsa. After each verse comes a chorus where the narrator explains how the road life is different.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic critic Thom Jurek described the song favorably in his review of the album, calling it a "redneck anthem" that "rocks a little harder with a ZZ Top-styled guitar".[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Where I Come From" re-entered the chart as a single at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 14, 2001. The song reached its peak position of number 1 on the Billboard country charts for the week of October 13. It held the position on October 20, then fell to number 2 on October 27, with's Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" taking over at Number One. The next week, "Where I Come From" returned to number 1 for a third and final week at the top.

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 34

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 24

References[edit]

Preceded by
"What I Really Meant to Say"
by Cyndi Thomson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 13-October 20, 2001
Succeeded by
"Only in America"
by Brooks & Dunn
Preceded by
"Only in America"
by Brooks & Dunn
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

November 3, 2001
Succeeded by
"Angry All the Time"
by Tim McGraw