"Sweet Home Alabama" is a song by Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyd 200pxskynyrdsweethomealabamathat first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping. Despite some controversy, it reached #8 on the US charts in 1974, and was the band’s second hit single record. It has a kind of unofficial "rock" state song and is proudly played at University of Alabama football home games.

Each fall I go to Tuscaloosa and always enjoy singing this song with 94,000 screaming fans in red. It is a blast. It is pure Southern and very fun.

Many of you know I have roots in Alabama, having attended the university and also both my parents are laid to rest in the red clay of that state. My one brother also lives in Huntsville. So I know Alabama, to some extent at least. But I have never heard "Sweet Home Alabama" the way I heard it today.

Back in the days of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Red Army had an official choir composed of male soldiers and musicians. It still exists. The Red Army Choir performs throughout Russia to this day.

Now consider the Finnish rock band called The Leningrad Cowboys. A little while ago, they held a concert in Russia, in which—to the screaming applause of Russkie teen-agers—they got the Red Army Choir to join them on stage for a performance of "Sweet Home Alabama." In English. You couldn’t make this up. You have to see and hear this to really believe it. Check it out. If you do not find this humorous I will be surprised.  

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  1. Dave Dryer April 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I guess the Iron Curtain really did come down — Lenin’s rolling in his grave.

  2. RogerC April 11, 2008 at 7:25 am

    I always knew there was a connection between communism and the University of Alabama – “Crimson” Tide. It all makes sense now.

  3. Steve Scott April 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    The song “Sweet Home Alabama” was an answer to Neil Young’s song, “Southern Man”, where he criticizes the South. Every once in a while a clever DJ will play these songs back to back on the radio.

  4. JOLLYBLOGGER April 16, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Hello Blogosphere

    Sadly, the muse has left me lately. Do pray for me though, and for my church. We’re in the midst of a big transition to a new building and are recasting vision and things like that and I’ve just got

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