Friday Factory Tune: Life in the Factory

Marking the 25th anniversary week of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley’s musical partnership, it’s a Friday Factory Tune with the word “factory” actually in it. The Drive-By Truckers once again report on them Southern boys, in this case the members of Lynyrd Skynryd, just trying to get out of town. They rejected life in the factory, specifically a Ford factory. Auto manufacturing has changed since then, as President Obama attested at a Ford factory yesterday.

DBT took a break from warming up for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to play the 9:30 Club in D.C. last month. It was a pretty good show, and you could definitely see how they have developed a loyal following of Southern boys (and girls) who romanticize about being alienated in small-town Alabama back in the ’70s. Best of the genre, “Zip City,” which not only mentions Reynolds Aluminum in Sheffield, Ala., but ends with Cooley’s description of a driving life considered:

Zip City it’s a good thing that they built a wall around you
Zip up to Tennessee then zip back down to Alabama
I got 350 heads on a 305 engine
I get ten miles to the gallon
I ain’t got no good intentions

Thank goodness for auto factories.

DBT allows people to record their shows, and you can hear the 9:30 Club performance at here.

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