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  • Sweet Home Alabama

    Like all red blooded Americans of an age I reach for my lighter whenever Freebird comes on. And there is no doubt that Southern Rock kicks butt.

    But for the life of me, I can't help but cringe a bit whenever I hear the lyrics to Sweet Home Alabama. The Grammy performance last night got me thinking about this.

    I know this is a highly charged post but I'm curious if anyone else has a similar reaction. Unlike me, for example, my wife is happy to overlook the words and just enjoy the song. (I can hear you now - sounds like a smart woman. She is.)
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    Are you talking about the so called racist aspect? I don't really think that's a reasonable connection to draw. A lot of people make that connection, but I don't. How come nobody cries when someone says, "cap whitey?"
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    • #3
      Sorry, Raphael. The only lyrics I hear in that song are, "I suck...change the station NOW!!"
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      • #4
        I'm with TheObieOne3226 on this one.....................

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        • #5
          Re: Sweet Home Alabama

          Originally posted by JJuggle
          ...for the life of me, I can't help but cringe a bit whenever I hear the lyrics to Sweet Home Alabama

          I know this is a highly charged post but I'm curious if anyone else has a similar reaction.
          Is this because "In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor " refers to George Wallace? What lyrics are racist other than those?

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          • #6
            I will have to gree with the obie
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            • #7
              When my Brother's band play's and someone yells "Freebird" They get the middle finger and the comment "No Charge."
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              • #8
                They shouldn't a gone dissin' Neil like that...
                Tom Blackwood is like a shadowy figure behind a 36" tree...

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                • #9
                  I don't really see how "In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor " is racist...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tomblackwood
                    They shouldn't a gone dissin' Neil like that...

                    He started it...
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                    Disclaimer: The above message was not intended to offend anyone. If you are offended I can take no responsibility for my actions because I don't feel like it. Also you are reading an internet newsgroup where not everyone will share your same views and beliefs, be able to take criticism and post/read threads at your own risk.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheObieOne3226
                      He started it...
                      no doubt.....

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                      • #12
                        as a former alabamian, the song is fine. it is you who sucks. he's just talking about how he gets all sad on the road and longs to come kick it back in alabama. what lyrics bother you?

                        and the neil young feud is long storied and has been blown out of proportion.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by markf
                          as a former alabamian, the song is fine. it is you who sucks.
                          does that mean he sucks because u're a former alabamian?
                          i don't get the connection
                          it just seems rude to me
                          Originally posted by markf
                          what lyrics bother you?
                          these, just as a lil' example
                          "Now watergate does not bother me"
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                          • #14
                            I was never a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan--actually, I hated all Southern Rock back in high school when it first started to get popular, but I think I hated it only because I thought all the kids in my school who liked it were just a bunch of bone-headed dirtballs unlike myself who had just discovered the elegant delights of punk rock ...later, of course I realized that there were some really cool songs, and I think the Allman Brothers are really really great.

                            Oddly enough, for some reason, I always thought that the singer in Lynyrd Skynyrd was being ironic in the song Sweet Home Alabama--when he sings "Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you" I never thought he was saying that watergate was good, and whose "conscience" is he speaking of any way? I think the song is open to a lot of interpretations, including, an interpretation that is actually critical of Wallace--does your conscience bother you, could easily be asked of Wallace supporters.

                            Sweet Home Alabama does not make me cringe, unlike EVERYTHING done by Charlie Daniels. UGH, that guy (in my Yankee opinion -- please don't yell at me, fellow unicyclists of the south) is the worst embarrassment to ever come out of a radio speaker on either side of the mason-dixon line.

                            South is gonna do it again? Come on. I know he's singing about all these other southern rock musicians in the verses, but that chorus comes across as just a lot of neo-confederate manipulative garbage. It tugs at and takes advantage of people in the south who are proud to be southerners, and it disses us in the north. I hate Charlie Daniels.
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