Birmingham Mistake

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"Birmingham Mistake" is a country song written by Gene Dobbins, Johnny Wilson, and Tom Austin. It was recorded by Sammi Smith and released as the B-side to her 1973 Mega Records single "The Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes." It was re-released on her 1976 Acrobat Records double album Help Me Make It Through The Night.

The lyrics express regret from a child that was left abandoned on a doorstep in Birmingham.

"Well she just couldn't stand the scandal,
It was more than she could handle.
and I thank her for leavin' me so warm.
on a doorstep in a basket
which was better than a casket
before she blew town like a gentle storm
when she left, she left me no name
folks here tagged me Sho-name
and bein' born was my first big bad break
I wish now that I'd been put down
In a better part of this town
When she got rid of a Birmingham mistake
Cause I'm livin' with the burden
Of livin' down the Birmingham mistake
The longer that I live
Makes me wonder just how long its gonna take
When will I have a change of luck
When will things start lookin' up
Livin' down this Birmingham mistake
Life ain't been a bed of roses
People still look down their noses
I was born without the icing on cake
It wasn't me who did the choosin'
But it's me who's doin' the losin'
Well I was born a Birmingham mistake
Now I'm livin' with the burden
Of livin' down the Birmingham mistake
The longer that I live
Makes me wonder just how long its gonna take
When will I have a change of luck
When will things start lookin' up
I'm livin' down this Birmingham mistake

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