Hank Williams Jr. performs “Dixie On My Mind” On Pop! Goes The Country.

Reached number # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts and remained on the charts for nine weeks. It was the fourth number one of the career of Hank Jr.

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Dixie On My Mind:

Lp cover Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1981 )
Lp cover Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1981 )

Song written and recorded by Hank Williams J.R, for the elektra / curb label, was recorded in the fall of 1980, in Sound Stage Studio, 10 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN, in the recording of the album, was accompanied by:
Hank Williams, Jr. [vocal / guitar / dobro / keyboards], John Goin [acoustic and electric guitar], Bobby Thompson [acoustic guitar / 12-str gt / banjo], Reggie Young [electric guitar], Fred Newell [gt], Kieran Kane [mandolin], Eddie Long [steel], Joe Osborn [bass], Steve Shaffer [bass], Larrie Londin [drums / conga], Farrell Morris [tambourine / marimba], Lisa Silver- Reynolds / Jerry Rivers [fiddle], Terry McMillan [harmonica], Larry Knechtel / Alan Moore [keyboards], The Dixieland Trio [horns], Waylon Jennings [harmony vocal], with the production of Jimmy Bowen, the song was released on May 30, 1981. On August 1, 1981, it reached number # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts and remained on the charts for nine weeks. It was the fourth number one of the career of Hank Jr.



The song would be part of the studio album, Rowdy (Elektra 1981), was released in January 1981, in the lists of U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, reached number # 2. It was certified as a gold record in the USA.

The content of the song presents Hank trying to give a fair chance to the life of the big city (in particular to the city of New York) but ends up feeling more dissatisfied than ever with the life of the city, but can not return home (“Sir, I’m stuck here, but ‘I have Dixie in my mind.”)

Story behind the song:

Single promo Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1981 )
Single promo Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1981 )

The inspiration for the song came to him, in one of his live performances he did in New York, at “Lone Star Café”, a small club on 13th Street and Fifth Avenue in historic Greenwich Village. Closed in 1989, the Lone Star hosted a wide range of artists, including old rock and roll acts, blues musicians, ensembles of studio players, folk acts and country stars trying to build an audience in Manhattan The stage was so small, you could shake hands with the bartender. Hank hated this place. Back at his Florida home, the next morning he went fishing with his friend Dicky Betts, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, while fishing, Hank had in mind the melody and the lyrics of the song (Dixie on my mind), soon had the lyrics written and the song recorded.




Hank’s comment, about New York, did not please the citizens of the Big Apple, because he treated New Yorkers as “squirrels” and “porcupines”, and his anti-Manhattan stance prevented him from getting a lot of diffusion in the two radio stations in the city at that time (now, there are no country stations there)





Hank Williams Jr. – Dixie On My Mind Lyrics

All the stations up here they don’t sign off with Dixie
The way they did in sweet home Alabam’
And the people here don’t sip Jack Daniels whiskey
The way they do in the Tennessee mountain land

I’d always heard lots about the big apple
So I thought I’d come up here and see
But all I’ve seen so far is one big hassle
Wish I was camped out on the Okeechobee

If this is the promised land, I’ve had all I can stand
And I’m headed back below that Dixie line
No I just don’t fit in, and I’ll never come back again
But I’m busted here an’ I got Dixie on my mind
Oh I’m stuck up here an’ I got Dixie on my mind

(Yee-ha)

These people never smile or say a word
They’re all too busy tryin’ to make an extra dime
Oh I’d love to haul ’em all down around Spartanburg
And show ’em how to raise hell in Carolin’

Oh the things you know that I miss most of all
Is the freedom of the rivers and the pines
They don’t do much huntin’ and fishin’ up here ya know
But I have met a few squirrels and one porcupine

Well if this is the promised land, I’ve had all I can stand
Wish I was down in Houston town tonight
No I just don’t fit in, and I’ll never come back again
But I’m busted here an’ I got Dixie on my mind
Oh I’m stuck up here an’ got Dixie on my mind

Single Hank Jr ( Elektra 1981 )
Single Hank Jr ( Elektra 1981 )

Miquel Batlle
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