Sort of the "son of 'Southern Man'" (from After the Gold Rush), "Alabama" is probably the hardest rocking recording on the Harvest album. A simple, folk-based melody surrounds the piece, and the powerful minor-key choruses are positively devastating. Lyrically, the song tackles the subject of Southern prejudice with a direct clarity and fair (albeit negative) eye. Some soulful harmonies from David Crosby and Stephen Stills highlight the recording. This song was answered by "Sweet Home Alabama," a record that -- funny enough -- Neil Young enjoyed immensely.