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Neil Young

Southern Man (3:58)

Southern Man is a song by Neil Young from his 1970 album After the Gold Rush.

The song's lyrics focus mainly on racism against blacks in the southern states of the USA.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's song 'Sweet Home Alabama' makes reference to this song (and 'Alabama' from Neil Young's later album Harvest) with the lyrics:

Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down.
Well, I hope Neil Young will…

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Southern man, better keep your head
Don't forget what your good book said
Southern change's gonna come at last
Now your crosses are burning fast

Neil Young - Southern Man Lyrics


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  • Nobody seems to appreciate honestly, even Lynyrd Skynyrd, go figure. I'd pick this over Sweet Home, a song that is pretty much a blind celebration of southern pride while ignoring the evil parts of their culture. It's their lack of remorse and conscious that really irks me.[2]
  • Yelling Neil, the best
  • Great song
  • Eating southern fried chicken
  • this is neil young's best!!!!!!
  • Classic.
  • A unique style all his own. I've been listening to the same Neil tunes for years and never get bored of them...
  • To jeemajamajimma: Merry Clayton, who sang with the Stones on "Gimme Shelter," has a great cover: http://www.last.fm/music/Merry+Clayton/Merry+Clayton/Southern+Man
  • I saw cotton and I saw black, tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern Man, when will you pay them back?
  • How cool is Neil's distorted vocal here

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