“Dixie On My Mind”
Hank Williams Jr.
Written by Hank Williams Jr.
#1 (1 week)
August 1, 1981
It’s time for another edition of NYC Myth Busters!
Hank Williams. Jr’s “Dixie On My Mind” has a fantastic arrangement that pulsates with energy, and Williams is always in the zone when he’s singing about how much he loves his home in the south.
NYC always makes an easy target for contrasting country life with city life, and I totally get that NYC is not for everyone.
But let’s get some facts in check:
Williams sings that “they don’t do much fishin’ up here.” Dude. We’re surrounded by water. I have co-workers who build their entire vacation schedule around fishing season up here.
Williams continues: ” I have met a few squirrels and one porcupine.” Squirrels, you betcha. Porcupines? You must’ve gotten lost in Hudson Valley, because porcupines aren’t a thing here. We’ve got plenty of possum, though.
Finally, the most pervasive NYC myth of all: “These people never smile or say a word. They’re all too busy tryin’ to make an extra dime.” No, dude. We’re keeping a stone expression on our face and biting our tongue because you damn tourists don’t know how to walk. Pick up the pace.
I’ll be back defending the city’s honor when Dolly Parton sings about her Tennessee homesick blues.
“Dixie On My Mind” gets a B+.
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