So, the huge question I have for the perennial SEC power. Are you allowed to play Tennessee Dixieland Delight in Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium ever again? Did Tennessee and Hendon Hooker stop you from ever playing that song ever again? We can all agree it was an absolutely awesome scene in Knoxville after the win for the Vols. The game on the fields is over, and the debate for who owns the song is so on.
Facts of the Case: Dixieland Delight
Whose song is it?
Well, the song is written by a band named Alabama. The song is clearly about having sex in a truck and enjoying the natural beauty of Tennessee. Not the state of Alabama. Exhibit A: “Rollin’ down a Backwoods, Tennessee byway. One arm on the wheel. Holdin’ my lover with the other. A sweet, soft, southern thrill. Worked hard all week, got a little jingle. On a Tennessee Saturday night. Couldn’t feel better, I’m together. With my Dixieland delight.” As you can tell Ronnie Rogers was talking about having sex off of a Tennessee road.
Who gets to claim the song?
While Rogers and the rest of the band is from Alabama, Dixieland Delight clearly speaks of Tennessee. But since the writers of the songs were from Alabama and are avid Alabama fans, do the Crimson Tide have claim? I would say they absolutely could lay claim on the song. Up until what happened on 10/18/22. Dixieland.
Where does Dixieland Delight make sense playing?
Honestly, I think it works in both places. While yes it does clearly say Tennessee. Dixie, in my opinion, is the south. The entire south, anything below the Mason Dixon line to Orlando Florida over to Texas. That is what i define as the south. So I think both colleges could be great places to play the song.
My Arguments For Who Deserves Dixieland Delight
Why Alabama Deserves To Keep The Song:
The Tide deserves to keep Dixieland Delight because it is tradition. I love college football traditions. They took a fantastic song and made it their own. The stadium goes crazy when they hear the fiddles start tuning up. It is an absolutely awesome sports moment seeing the Tide fans, whom I hate, go nuts over that song.
Why Tennessee Deserves To Have The Song:
This is an easy argument for the Vols. Did you see the video above? Dixieland Delight was on repeat as 100,000 Volunteer fans stormed the field and took the goal post down. Not only did they take the goal posts down they also threw one of them in the Tennessee River. Also, did you see that they made Neyland look like a Snoop Dogg concert?
A cloud of cigar smoke wafts over a winning Neyland pic.twitter.com/yVJAKXeabS
— Jake Thompson (@jthomps72) October 15, 2022
Judge SpikedJohnnyB ‘s Verdict:
There is only one way to decide who gets to own the playing of Dixieland Delight. It is quite simple and the true college football way to do things. Now we all know that every year Alabama and Tennessee play on the third Saturday in October. So, we make it the Dixieland Delight Trophy. Duh, how obvious. The winner of the game each year gets a trophy, I don’t know what it looks like, and gets to play the song for the year. That includes all sports and all games until the winner is determined the year after.
These are completely impartial findings and the only real way to determine the owner. I think Ronnie Rogers and the boys from Alabama would completely agree. Dixieland Delight is too precious of a college football tradition to simply give it to one or the other. Have the boys earn it on the field. I would also have to believe Ronnie Rogers and Alabama would never think a song about sex in a truck in Tennessee would spur a heated debate between two college football teams.
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