A States Soul, in a Song


"The spirit of Tennessee football hangs above the hearth in a worn motel lobby. Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote the bluegrass song in about 10 minutes, music and lyrics, too. Surely they never imagined what it would become. "Wish that I was on old Rocky Top, down in the Tennessee hills ..." The original handwritten sheet music resides at the Rocky Top Village Inn. Just below the manuscript is a photograph of Neyland Stadium, taken just before kickoff sometime in the early 1970s. Get used to "Rocky Top," Duck fans. You’re going to hear it a lot on Saturday." From 100,000 screaming fans!