If you want a glimpse of Southern life,
come close and walk with me;
I'll tell you all the simple things,
that you are sure to see.
You'll see mockingbirds and bumblebees,
magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees,
caterpillars on the step,
wooden porches cleanly swept;
watermelons on the vine,
strong majestic Georgia pines;
rocking chairs and front yard swings,
junebugs flying on a string;
turnip greens and hot cornbread,
coleslaw and barbecue;
fried okra, fried corn, fried green tomatoes,
fried pies and pickles too.
There's ice cold tea that's syrupy sweet,
and cool green grass beneath your feet;
catfish nippping in the lake,
and fresh young boys on the make.
You'll see all these things
And much, much more,
In a way of life that I adore.