Country singer Conner Smith has gotten some notoriety recently for his song “I Hate Alabama,” especially after the Tide’s defeat at Texas A&M last Saturday. Smith, who says he is a Tennessee fan, explained his reasons behind making the song and its meaning.

Smith said this to CBS 42 out of Birmingham about the song:

“The song is about football and it talks about how Alabama beats you every year, but at the end of the day, the reason you hate Alabama is because that’s where you lost your girl,” he said. “It brings back memories. I make the analogy of when you have a favorite song, but it’s tied to your ex, it ruins the whole song. You don’t really hate Alabama, you just hate the memory.”

Smith said that most Alabama fans he has had contact with like the song but he definitely took more heat after last Saturday.

Here’s a look at the viral song: