In 1982, Ronnie Rogers wrote “Dixieland Delight,” which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs list after the band Alabama released it on their album “The Closer You Get…” in January 1983. When the University of Alabama began playing that song during the fourth quarter of Crimson Tide football games, it became an instant Southern classic and crowd favorite.
That is, until Alabama students created some, well, let’s call them “colorful” lyrics to make the song their own. In 2015, Dixieland Delight was removed from the game day experience and hasn’t returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium since. Now, the wait is over, and the hit song is getting a second chance on one condition.
Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne, joined by Terry Saban, the wife of the school’s iconic head coach, preseason All-American running back Damien Harris, and the university’s student body president Price McGiffert, announced that the college football game day tradition will finally be returning.
Well, the song will be back for good as long as Alabama students, already in hot water from Nick Saban for not showing up, don’t impose the old lyrics.
The Alabama student section whipped up some lyrics of their own in the past, which led to the song being banned. Those added lyrics are bolded below:
Spend my dollar, “ON BEER” parked in a holler,
‘Neath the mountain moonlight. “ROLL TIDE”
Hold her up tight, “AGAINST THE WALL”
Make a little lovin’, “ALL NIGHT”
A little turtle dovin’ On a Mason-Dixon night. “F*** AUBURN”
Fits my life, “LSU” oh so right, “AND TENNESSEE TOO”
My Dixieland Delight.
While they’re meant in good fun, the older Alabama faithful weren’t too keen on hearing them ring out in Tuscaloosa like they did at the 2014 Iron Bowl, a game where No. 1 Alabama knocked off No. 15 Auburn 55-44.
Dixieland Delight is coming back in a big way, and current and former Alabama players are excited for the tradition to return to the South, as long as #DixielandDelightDoneRight isn’t replaced with the profane lyrics.
The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) host the Missouri Tigers (3-2, 0-2 SEC) for a night game on Saturday, and when those first few chords ring out, you better believe all attention will turn towards the Alabama fans in anticipation for what they’ll belt out.