About The Song

Alan Jackson is famous for his neotraditional country genre, which is evident in his pieces. His song “Small Town Southern Man” topped the Billboard Hot Country Song charts for two weeks in March 2008, with people describing the music as “country music at its finest” that warms people’s hearts.
Released on November 19, 2007, the song features a slightly lively, moderate tempo that goes well with the guitars and instruments and, of course, the voices of Alan Jackson and his band.
“Small Town Southern Man” has no particular meaning, according to Alan Jackson. He just happened to have written some parts of the song before, and he picked up on it and started completing it. The title sounded like a song to him when he wrote it down, and eventually, he came up with his 23rd #1 hit in the Billboard Hot Country Song chart.

He wrote the song thinking about what it’s like living with country values like valuing God, putting the family first, and being loyal to your wife. Also, he added that the song pays tribute to those who had a rural upbringing such as what he had.

The inspiration behind his songs usually stems from conversations he has, mostly with his friends.
He explains that something, a word, phrase, sentence, or thought, will strike his attention whenever he casually drinks with his friends. He keeps a list of ideas he heard and thoughts that someone said so he can always get back to them and maybe write another hit song.
Jackson believes his song became such a success because of how it resonated with people all over the country. The authenticity of the theme and lyrics quickly made their way into everyone’s hearts, making it one of their favorite songs from the country singer.

Country Universe’s reviewer Kevin John Conye gave Jackson’s piece an A rating because it paid tribute to fathers who prioritize their families and cherish the time spent with them.
“Small Town Southern Man” is one of Alan Jackson’s Billboard Country-topping hit music along with other Alan Jackson’s top songs: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Where I Come From,” and “Chattahoochee.”

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Lyrics

Born the middle son
Of a farmer
And a small town
Southern man
Like his daddy’s
Daddy before him
Brought up
Workin’ on the land
Fell in love
With a small town woman
And they married up
And settled down
Natural way of life
If you’re lucky
For a small town
Southern man
First there came
Four pretty daughters
For this small town
Southern man
Then a few years
Later came another
A boy, he wasn’t planned
Seven people
Living all together
In a house built
With his own hands
Little words with love
And understanding
From a small town
Southern man
And he bowed
His head to Jesus
And he stood
For Uncle Sam
And he only loved
One woman
He was always proud
Of what he had
He said
His greatest contribution
Is the ones
You leave behind
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man
Callous hands
Told the story
For this small town
Southern man
He gave it all
To keep it all together
And keep his family
On his land
Like his daddy
Years wore out his body
Made it hard
Just to walk
And stand
You can break the back
But you can’t break
The spirit
Of a small town
Southern man
And he bowed
His head to Jesus
And he stood
For Uncle Sam
And he only loved
One woman
He was always proud
Of what he had
He said
His greatest contribution
Is the ones
You leave behind
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man
Finally death
Came callin’
For this small town
Southern man
He said it’s alright
‘Cause I see angels
And they got me
By the hand
Don’t you cry
And don’t you worry
I’m blessed
And I know I am
‘Cause God
Has a place in heaven
For a small town
Southern man
And he bowed
His head to Jesus
And he stood
For Uncle Sam
And he only loved
One woman
He was always proud
Of what he had
He said
His greatest contribution
Is the ones
You leave behind
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man
Raised on the ways
And gentle kindness
Of a small town
Southern man

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