Singled Out: Black List Union Tell Story Behind 'Alabama Slammer'

12/17/2013
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Today Tony West from Blacklist Union tell us about their single "Alabama Slammer" which comes from their third album release "Til Death Do Us Part." Here is the story:

Alabama Slammer is about a love gone wrong. My ex-girlfriend who is from Alabama basically took my heart and slammed it on the ground. I do have my part as well but it took me a long time to realize that. The lyrics are "eastbound train to Smith station" she's from Smiths Station, Alabama. Nobody seems to know where that is. The next line is "like June says times a wasting ". I am a huge fan of Johnny Cash and June Carter and that's a direct influence from them obviously.

"So was the time I spent crying over you" is the next line. It's pretty self-explanatory. The next line is "staring out the window breathing heavy on the glass contemplating how long it'll take you to get out". When she left me I remember literally staring out the window that was on our front door and breathing on the glass thinking about how long it was going to take her to get out of my heart. I really suffered through that break up.

"I don't love you"is the next line which is basically me having to bulls*** myself into believing that I don't love her and don't care just to survive. Then with the chorus to truth comes out. 'Cos no matter how hard I fight it I still love her. "You are the only one my heart still burning from our love blindsided by the sun Alabama Slammer I was a loaded gun my love is real I won't run blindsided by my mind Alabama Slammer" are the lyrics for the chorus . That chorus is like a confession almost. Like the old song "Missing You" how in the end he says "I've been lying to myself I still miss you" at the very end of that song after about singing how he doesn't miss her. In this course the truth comes out. "I was a loaded gun" is really special lyric because it just reminds me that I have to take responsibility for my own actions cause indeed I did have my part in it to.

The next versus almost like an angry verse where it says "there's a stranger sleeping next to me fooled myself it was meant to be smoke and mirrors southern belle don't even know herself" . From this lyric not only can not only did I fool her but she sure did fool me.

Alabama Slammer is definitely one of my favorites. I wrote all the lyrics and melodies and Mark Fane wrote the music for this one.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video here plus and learn more about the group right here!

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