Glen Campbell – Southern Nights, is a song written and performed by American musician Allen Toussaint, from his 1975 album, Southern Nights, and later recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell. It was the first single released from Campbell’s 1977 album, Southern Nights, and reached No. 1 on three separate US charts. It was covered by the Chicago band Whitney in 2015.
Released as a single by Campbell in January 1977, “Southern Nights” immediately caught on with both country and pop audiences. The song featured a unique guitar lick that Campbell had learned from friend Jerry Reed. In late March, “Southern Nights” spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart marking it Campbell’s fifth and final No. 1 country hit.
In late April, the track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart marking Campbell’s second and last No. 1 pop hit.
The song also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart marking Campbell’s seventh hit on the chart.
Glen Campbell – Southern Nights
From the album Southern Nights
B-side “William Tell Overture”
Released January 17, 1977
Recorded October 2, 1976
Studio Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Country pop, soft rock
Songwriter(s) Allen Toussaint
Producer(s) Gary Klein
Glen Campbell – Southern Nights lyrics
Have you ever felt a Southern night?
Free as a breeze
Not to mention the trees
Whistlin’ tunes that you know and love so
Just as good even when closed your eyes
To anyone who can truly say
That he has found a better way
Have you ever noticed Southern skies? (In Southern sky)
Its precious beauty lies just beyond the eye
It goes runnin’ through your soul
Like the stories told of old
He and his dog, they walk the old land
Every flower touched his cold hand
As he slowly walked by
Weepin’ willows would cry for joy, joy
Feels so good
Feels so good, it’s frightening
Wish I could
Stop this world from fighting
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da
Like this and many others in the trees
Blow in the night
In the Southern skies
They feel so good, it’s a frightening
Wish I could (Southern nights)
Stop this world from the fighting
Da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da
Have you ever noticed?