Songs By Alabama
On The Acoustic

Welcome to my songs by Alabama page where you'll find a collection of free demo covers, several free chord sheets in pdf. format and full lesson tutorials available for purchase for a small fee.

I'll be using some Alabama band album covers below to indicate the source of the song.

Songs By Alabama On Acoustic

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Songs By Alabama
Demos, Lyrics, Chords, Tutorials

1. Can't Keep A Good Man Down

Can't Keep A Good Man Down hails from the "40 Hour Week" album from 1984.

It was the 3rd single from the album and peaked at #1 on the country charts in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop uo and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, Em, D
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2. Christmas In Dixie

 Christmas In Dixie was released as a single from the RCA compilation 1982 album entitled "A Country Christmas". In 1985 the band released their own Christmas album called "Alabama Christmas". A newer updated version can be found on their 2017 album called American Christmas.

The song peaked at #35 in 1982-83. Kenny Chesney and Randy Owen did a duet of the song for Kenny's Christmas album released back in 2003.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: You can use a bit of arpeggio in this for rhythm as you'll see me doing in the demo. Otherwise you can just use a root up down up pattern all the way through. A nice easy mellow kinda song here. I'm also using a few hammer-on's as I progress through the verses.
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Em, A7, Bm, G, Dmaj7, D7
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3. Close Enough To Perfect

Close Enough To Perfect was released as a single in 1982 and reached #1 in both Canada and the US.

It can be found on the "Mountain Music" album.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little improvisation at the end
  • Chords: Am, G6, Cm, G, Am7, C, D
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4. Dancin Shaggin On The Boulevard

Dancin Shaggin On The Boluevard was a #3 in the US and a #4 in Canada when it was released off of their "Dancin On The Boulevard" album from 1997.

This song was co-written by Randy Owen.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up will work and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Bm, E, A, D, Esus, Cm, Gb, F, Gbsus
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5. Dixieland Delight

Dixieland Delight from the original demo and the single version was over a minute shorter than the album version. This song reached #1 in both Canada and the USA after its release date of Jan 1983.

Ronnie Rogers wrote this song while driving down a highway in Tennessee and Alabama happen to like it and so recorded it. Three different artists have made reference to this song including Brad Paisley, Russell Dickerson and the group Midland in three of their songs.

The band did create a music video for this song and the track is from their album "The Closer You Get".

  • Drop D Tuning:
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a root down root up down pattern to carry the rhythm throughout the song. 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords:G, D, Cm, F, G, Em, C
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6. Give Me One More Shot

Give Me One More Shot is from "Alabama's Greatest Hits Vol III" album from1995 that Randy Owen co-wrote and helped Alabama reach #3 in Canada and the USA country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: downstrokes and then root up down up root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Am, D, Dsus, C, D/Gb, Dm, Cmaj7, A7, D, D7
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7. High Cotton

High Cotton was another #1 hit from back in the summer of 1989 off of the album "Southern Star".

The band had multiple top hits from this album.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: use one shot downstrokes and you can use a root down up down up down up .. repeat. 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A7, E, A, B7
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8. If I Had You

If I Had You was released in 1989 from the album "Southern Star" and became a #1 hit, their 25th at the time.

Andy Williams covered the song in 1991 and Eddy Arnold in 1993.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A7, D/Gb, Em
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9. Jukebox In My Mind

Jukebox In My Mind was a 1990 Alabama release their album called "Pass It On Down".

This song was a single from that album and the song was a #1 in Canada and the USA.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D, D7, G6, Am, C, A7
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10. Lady Down On Love

Lady Down On Love is a song about celebrating a divorce, when the lady isn't doing much celebrating with her friends on a night out on the town. That true story was the inspiration for the song that Randy witnessed first hand at a hotel nightclub. 

Just a small moment in time inspired a #1 country hit song. This one was written by Randy Owen of Alabama and reached #1 in the summer of 1983 and is on their album "The Closer You Get".

  • Drop D Tuning:
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: In the beginning of this song you can use some arpeggio playing as you move through each chord and eventually move it into a root up down up - root up down up strumming pattern.
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Bm, C, D, Em, Am, A, Dbm, E, Gbm
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11. Love In The First Degree

Love In The First Degree was a #1 hit on the country charts and crossed over to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in Oct 1981.

It can be found the bands album "Feels So Right".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C/G, Cm, Fmaj7 , Em, Dsus, D, Bm, Am7, C
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12. Mountain Music

Mountain Music was another hit when this one reached the airwaves in early 1982 and took Randy Owen 3 years to complete. Not many songs feature the other two members of the band but in this song, Randy trades off with Teddy and Jeff in the 3rd verse where they each sing a line.

It can be found on the "Mountain Music" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: use a shuffle strum or you can use a root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Fsus2/D, C/G, F, D, C, Am, D7
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13. Old Flame

Old Flame was one of those songs not written by Alabama. Donny Lowery and Mac McAnally wrote this one but Alabama knows a great song when they hear one, and took this one to #1 in Canada and the US in 1981.

This one is also on the "Feels So Right" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, G, A7, Gbm, Em, E7, A7/A#
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14. Roll On (18 Wheeler)

Roll On 18 Wheeler is another song recorded by Alabama but not written by them. Dave Loggins, 2nd cousin to Kenny Loggins wrote this one and he has many songs recorded by other well known country artists. Alabama had another #1 in both Canada and the US in early 1984.

This track can be found on their album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstroke and then a root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: E, A, Gbm, B7, Dbm, Abm, F, A#, Dm, Gn, C, C7
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15. Song Of The South

Song Of The South, a Bob McDill song, between 1980 and 1988 was recorded by Bobby Bare, Johnny Russell, and Tom T Hall with Earl Scruggs. It wasn't until 1988 when Alabama put their magic onto the song did it hit #1 on the country charts.

The music video was filmed in the community of Temperance Hall, TN and the track hails from their album "Southern Star".

  • Drop D Tuning:
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: For the most part you'll simply chop the verses with a single downstroke as you play thru this one. The choruses you can play a bit more rhythm by using a down down up down down up pattern. 
  • Picking: Yes some fiddle riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D
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16. Take A Little Trip

Take A Little Trip is another song not written by Alabama but reached #2 in the US and Canada when it was released in the summer of 1992.

The song is off of their "American Pride" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes with a rock & roll vibe
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, G, D, E
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17. Take Me Down

Take Me Down had a problem for country radio. In 1982 country music radio wasn't a fan of long album recordings so 1 min 10 sec had to be cut off of this song's album version. But it still made it to #1 in Canada and the US.

It can be found on the "Mountain Music" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: This song has a bit of a choppy strum pattern with licks and riffs embedded within the rhythm 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, G, Dm, Am, Em, Fmaj7, Cmaj7, E7
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18. The Closer You Get

The Closer You Get was another song written by two members of the group Exile which Alabama recorded and of course had a #1 hit with when it was released in 1983.

Country singer Don King and Rita Coolidge also covered this number which hails from the bands album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: once you get this one off the ground is a simple down up stop up down up stop up ... repeat. You may notice I tend to throw in a little quick shuffle between some of the chord changes.
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, F, C, D, Em, Bm, Am, Dsus
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19. When We Make Love

When We Make Love was released in the spring of 1984 from the album "Roll On" and became their 13th straight #1 song.

The song also peaked at #1 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, G6, Am, Dsus, D, G, Em, D/Gb, Am7
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