1969 Song of the Day is “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” by Joe South. There was a brief period of time in the late 60’st Joe South was one of the great songwriters in the world. He had a couple big hits on his own- Games People Play #12 which won a Grammy for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song in 1969. Walk A Mile In My Shoes was also a hit #12. He wrote Rose Garden which would be a country smash for Lynn Anderson a few years later. Before setting out on his own he had been a session guitarist most famously for Bob Dylan on his Blonde On Blonde album.
“Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” just missed making the Top 40 in the US- #41. The song is about change and how often its not for the better. He has been away for a while and is weary of the fast paced world and looking forward to going back to a slower life back in the rural Georgia area where he grew up- he goes back and everything has changed.
Where I went skinny-dippin’ as a child
And a drive-in show where the meadow used to grow
And the strawberries used to grow wild
Where my grandma’s cow used to graze
Now, the grass don’t grow and the river don’t flow
Like it did in my childhood days