If the South Woulda Won

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"If the South Woulda Won"
Hank Williams Jr - If The South single cover.png
Single by Hank Williams Jr.
from the album Wild Streak
B-side "Wild Streak"
Released July 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:19
Label Warner Bros./Curb
Songwriter(s) Hank Williams Jr.
Producer(s) Barry Beckett, Hank Williams Jr., Jim Ed Norman
Hank Williams Jr. singles chronology
"Young Country"
"If the South Woulda Won"
"That Old Wheel"
"Young Country"
"If the South Woulda Won"
"That Old Wheel"

"If the South Woulda Won" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams Jr.. It was released in July 1988 as the first single from the album Wild Streak. The song reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


The song is about what Williams, Jr. would have done as President of the southern States had the South won the Civil War. He mentions all the states from the Confederacy as well as Kentucky (though it was not among the states which seceded) and includes how he would put his father on $100 bills and make Elvis Presley's death a national holiday.

"If the South Woulda Won" samples the folk anthem, "Dixie" in the refrain. At that juncture, Williams considers running for president of the southern states.

List of States Mentioned/Changes [2][edit]

State What Hank Williams Jr. Would Do as President
Texas Move the Supreme Court there
Louisiana Teach Americans Cajun cooking
Alabama Move the national capital to Montgomery
Florida Put all drug dealers in jail
Tennessee Have all the whiskey made there
Kentucky Have all of the horses raised in the hills
Mississippi Move the National Treasury to Tupelo
North Carolina &

South Carolina

Have all of the cars made in the Carolinas
Georgia Send all women there to learn how to speak with a Southern accent
Virginia Have all of the fiddles made there
Arkansas Drink some wine with Clifton Clowers on Wolverton Mountain

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 8
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 22


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 390. 
  2. ^ "If the South Woulda Won Lyrics". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hank Williams, Jr. Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.