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"I Still Like Bologna"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Good Time
Released August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)
Format Promo-only CD single
music download
Genre Country
Length 4:39
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Alan Jackson
Producer Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Sissy's Song"
(2009)
"I Still Like Bologna"
(2009)
"It's Just That Way"
(2009)

"I Still Like Bologna" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country artist Alan Jackson. It is the fifty-seventh single release of his career, and the fifth single from his 2008 album Good Time. The song was released to radio on August 3, 2009 and debuted at #56 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

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Content

As with all of the other songs on Good Time, Jackson wrote "I Still Like Bologna" himself. In the song, the narrator states that, although he owns many pieces of modern technology (such as a cell phone, plasma television and laptop computer), he still prefers the simplicity of a bologna sandwich on white bread, or the scenery of a rural lifestyle:[1]

I still like bologna on white bread now and then
And the sound of a whippoorwill down a country road
The grass between my toes and that sunset sinking low
And a good woman's love to hold me close

Regarding the song's theme, Jackson said that the title "just sounded like the perfect way to say that I’m aware of all the modern technology and do adapt to some of it, and the health — better eating and diet policies — but every now and then, I still like that bologna on white bread."[2]

Critical reception

The song has been met with primarily negative reception. Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine said that the song "jettison[s] any serious attempts at reflection by simply reciting long lists of common points of reference,"[3] and Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield said that Jackson "goes overboard" on the song due to its length.[1] The 9513 critic Karlie Justus gave a thumbs-down review, saying that the song's premise "wears a thin [sic]", although her review also calls it "agreeable, likable album filler."[4] In his Allmusic review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave a more favorable description, calling it "slightly gangly, tongue-in-cheek Western swing,"[5] and Bobby Peacock of Roughstock said, "While that list [of things that Jackson likes] may sound fairly pedestrian[…]every note seems to ring true here. The lyrics find Alan in his smoothest narrative mode[.]"[6]

Music video

The song's music video is directed by Scott Scovill. It was released to Country Music Television on August 20, 2009. On GAC's Top 50 Videos Of 2009, it was voted in at #36.

Chart performance

"I Still Like Bologna" debuted at #56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of August 8, 2009.[7] The song reached a peak of #32 in October 2009, making it Jackson's first single to miss Top 20 since the "The Blues Man" in 2000.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 32
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 28

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