July 10.2015 – Story Behind “Chattahoochie” by Alan Jackson

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Jim McBride, who co-wrote this with Alan Jackson, told AOL the story of this song: “I knew about the Chattahoochie River, because I was raised in Alabama. Sydney Lanier was this poet who had written a poem called ‘Song of the Chattahoochie’ that was in high school literature books. I was sitting in my home office one day, and I had just read a book about the Chattahoochie. I started playing a little melody and then I got the first two lines of the song. By that time, Alan was a big star so there was no more writing on 16th Avenue anymore – we wrote on the road. I’d go out with him on his bus, and we would write out there. I kept a separate notebook, and any time I had a song idea I thought Alan would like, I’d put it in that notebook. I got a map and found out how close the Chattahoochie was to Noonan, Georgia, where Alan was raised. I stopped right there and I put the song idea in that notebook. I went out on the road shortly after that with Alan, so I showed the song idea to him. I sang the first couple lines, and he was all over it. We stared working on it in Tallahassee and then we finished it the next afternoon in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. We finished it before sound check, and he showed it to the band. They actually worked it up in sound check and performed it that night!”

“Chattahoochie” was Jackson’s first single to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the chart for four consecutive weeks beginning July 17.1993 through August 7.1993.

“Chattahoochie” received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.

Jackson’s album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love) got its title from a line in this song.

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Lyrics:
Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie
We laid rubber on the Georgia asphalt
We got a little crazy but we never got caught

Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Yeah way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love

Well we fogged up the windows in my old Chevy
I was willing but she wasn’t ready
So I settled for a burger and a grape snow cone
Dropped her off early but I didn’t go home

Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Yeah way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love

Yeah, way down yonder on the Chattahochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.

A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.

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