Southern Accents

Tom Petty

About Southern Accents

Southern Accents is the sixth studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released on March 26, 1985, through MCA Records. The album's lead single, "Don't Come Around Here No More", co-written by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its music video featured Alice in Wonderland imagery. The song "Southern Accents" was later covered by Johnny Cash for his Unchained album in 1996.


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There's a southern accent, where I come from 
The young 'uns call it country 
The Yankees call it dumb 
I got my own way of talkin' 
But everything is done, with a southern accent 
Where I come from 

Now that drunk tank in Atlanta's 
Just a motel room to me 
Think I might go work Orlando 
If them orange groves don't freeze 
I got my own way of workin' 
But everything is run, with a southern accent 
Where I come from 

For just a minute there I was dreaming 
For just a minute it was all so real 
For just a minute she was standing there, with me 

There's a dream I keep having 
Where my mama comes to me 
And kneels down over by the window 
And says a prayer for me 
I got my own way of prayin' 
But everyone's begun 
With a southern accent 
Where I come from 

I got my own way of livin' 
But everything gets done 
With a southern accent 
Where I come from

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Tom Petty

Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He had also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury. more »

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Written by: Tom Petty

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12 facts about this song

This song was a collaborative effort performed by Johnny Cash and Tom Petty.
Owner's Origin
"Southern Accents" song was originally written and performed by Tom Petty for his band's 1985 album of the same name.
Album Contribution
This song was featured on Johnny Cash's album "Unchained," which was released in 1996.
Production Team
This album, including "Southern Accents," was produced by Rick Rubin, known for producing music across diverse genres.
Award-Winning Album
Johnny Cash's whole album "Unchained," which included "Southern Accents," won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 1998.
Backup Band
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers functioned as Johnny Cash's backup band for the song as well as the whole "Unchained" album.
Inspirational Roots
Tom Petty wrote "Southern Accents" as a reflective piece about his southern heritage, making it a deeply personal and emotionally charged song.
Signature Style
Even though this song was written by Tom Petty, Johnny Cash's rendition maintained his signature deep baritone voice and simplicity in style, which became a defining performance of the song.
Cross-Genre Influence
While Johnny Cash's version of "Southern Accents" is considered country, Tom Petty's original has elements of heartland rock, showing how one song can cross musical genres.
Critical Acclaim
The song and the album were warmly received by critics. The album "Unchained" has a four-star rating on AllMusic and a 9.0 rating on Pitchfork.
Uncharted Success
Despite the critical success and popularity of Johnny Cash's version of "Southern Accents," it did not chart on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Final Years
This collaboration marked one of the late career highlights for Johnny Cash, who passed away in 2003. Similarly, Tom Petty passed away in 2017, making "Southern Accents" a testament to their shared musical history.

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