The song has somehow become an unofficial state song or at least the title has since it is emblazoned on the vehicle tags. I've never really cared for it myself as it does not really speak to the greatness of my home state. Even though the official state song is an unknown 19th century piece by Julia Tutwiler it is much better as an official song. It even has a reference to bees in it's fourth verse.
Where the perfumed south-wind whispers,
Thy magnolia groves among,
Softer than a mother's kisses
Sweeter than a mother's song;
Where the golden jasmine trailing,
Woos the treasure-laden bee,
We will aye be true to thee!
Stars fell on Alabama, got put on the tag both as a marketing ploy and as a way to distract from the little red heart with the words "Heart of Dixie". For some reason that motto has been deemed offensive but the Alabama constitution of 1901 requires every vehicle tag to have the heart and motto. It used to be used as the center piece of the tag but in modern times it is reduced to a one inch heart stuck over in a corner.