Southern Accents

Album: Southern Accents (1985)
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  • There's a southern accent, where I come from
    The young 'uns call it country
    The Yankees call it dumb
    I got my own way of talkin'
    But everything is done, with a southern accent
    Where I come from

    Now that drunk tank in Atlanta's
    Just a motel room to me
    Think I might go work Orlando
    If them orange groves don't freeze
    I got my own way of workin'
    But everything is run, with a southern accent
    Where I come from

    For just a minute there I was dreaming
    For just a minute it was all so real
    For just a minute she was standing there, with me

    There's a dream I keep having
    Where my mama comes to me
    And kneels down over by the window
    And says a prayer for me
    I got my own way of prayin'
    But everyone's begun
    With a southern accent
    Where I come from

    I got my own way of livin'
    But everything gets done
    With a southern accent
    Where I come from Writer/s: Tom Petty
    Publisher: Gone Gator Music, O/B/O CAPASSO, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 7

  • Jody from Shenandoah Valley VaTom's songwriting was truly incredible. To anybody from the south this song just goes so deep and hits home as much as a song can.
  • Aaron from Knoxville, TennesseeBeing from Tennessee, this song obviously resonates with me. The South is so unique, and it is a place full of so many different folks. Tom’s writing was among some of the best in the business, because along with guys like Bob Seger, he would write songs for everyone that would touch parts of everyone’s life. This is the one for me and my dad both. Sure do miss Tom.
  • Cerph from Earth, FlOne of my favorites. Love the live album where he transitions into "Rebel". Gives my Southern bones a chill. Florida is a Southern State. Only the yankee influence over the past 30 years has watered it down. Sad.
  • Ron Gilmore from Snohomish, WaI have never heard a song writer write about home in a more profound way
  • Darrell from Thomasville, GaI bought the "33" Southern Accents album when I was stationed in Panama. The title track took me back home. A mention inside the jacket, if I remember right, said: "There is nothing as sad nor more glorious than generations changing hands." I don't know why it was included but that simple truth helped me a lot when I lost my beloved grandfather soon after I read that. My son was born three days later, so the comment was especially timely for me.
  • Charles from Glenside, PaPetty was right. Most of Florida, away from the coasts at least, is extremely rural, both in the northern and southern parts of the state. Definitely one of his most beautiful works.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiI remember buying this album, and although I can no longer recall the all tracks, at the time I knew it by heart. Southern Rock as a whole was down and Petty came out with this great southern rock album during a time when Springsteen, Madona (sp), Jackson, Prince, and U2 were in another world. It really cemented the greatness of Petty. To switch Genres with such a powerful recording. "Honey don't walk out on me/to drunk to follow. You know you won't feel this/way tomorrow." Take a trip back and buy this album. It's a great one and you won't regret it.
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