On This Date: Alabama Released Their 31st Number One Hit “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” In 1992

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I’m not sure I’ve ever related to a song more in my life…

Everyone’s favorite American country music group Alabama released “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” on this date in 1992. The relatable song was the band’s second single from American Pride, their fourteenth studio album.

In classic Alabama fashion, “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” quickly made its way to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, as well as the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

The song acted as the band’s thirty-first number one hit. Back in the 1980’s, the country rock group reeled off an impressive 21-straight number one hits, so they truly were never a stranger to the top of the charts.

And let me tell you, the song is timeless and has aged like fine wine. The message of the tune was true back in 1992, and it’s still pretty damn relevant today. “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” is a social commentary about how fast things move in society, with really no real explanation for why it does.

The lyrics of the song (which were written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer) sing:

“Don’t know why
I have to drive so fast

My car has nothing to prove
It’s not new
But it’ll do 0 to 60 in 5.2, oh

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why”

Why is that so true? No offense to Alabama, but the song isn’t all that complex, yet it perfectly encapsulates that feeling of needing to rush in life, when you really don’t have to at all.

I think the fact that it is so relatable is the reason why it went certified platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies of the song. I’d love to get into it a little bit more, but I’ve unfortunately got to rush away to the next thing (or do I?).

Check out the music video for the “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” below:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock