Down Home (song)

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"Down Home"
Alabama - Down Home cover.png
Single by Alabama
from the album Pass It On Down
B-side"Goodbye (Kelly's Song)"[1]
ReleasedFebruary 4, 1991
RecordedJanuary 1990
Songwriter(s)Rick Bowles
Josh Leo
Producer(s)Josh Leo
Larry Michael Lee
Alabama singles chronology
"Forever's as Far as I'll Go"
"Down Home"
"Here We Are"

"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]


The song 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
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


  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. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1508." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 4, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alabama Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  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.

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