Joe South's was one of the more socially conscious singer-songwriters of the 1960s. He wrote classics such as "Games People Play," "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," and one of my favorites, "Don't It Make You Want to Go Home?"
South, whose real name was Joe Souter, was born and raised in Georgia. In addition to be a singer, he also was a session guitarist and wrote hit songs for folks such as Billy Joe Royal ("Down in the Boondocks"), Deep Purple ("Hush"), The Raiders ("Birds of a Feather") and his biggest hit of all, for Lynn Anderson, "Rose Garden" in 1971.
"Don't It Make You Want to Go Home?" was an environmental song before environmental tunes became popular. He writes about returning to his hometown:
But things have changed dramatically since he was last there; it's not the same place:
"Don't It Make You Want to Go Home" lyrics