«Sweet Home Alabama» is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping. It reached #8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single. The song was written in reply to «Southern Man» and «Alabama» by Neil Young; Young is noted by name in the song’s lyrics.
«Sweet Home Alabama» was written as an answer to two songs, «Southern Man» and «Alabama» by Neil Young, which dealt with themes of racism and slavery in the American South. «We thought Neil was shooting all the ducks in order to kill one or two,» said Ronnie Van Zant at the time. The following excerpt shows the Neil Young mention in the song:
Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ol’ Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow