Rednecks (3:07)

Cover of The Best of Randy Newman

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Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show
With some smart ass New York Jew
And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox
And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too

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  • silversurfer250

    Randy explains:

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • KommisarK

    Dat last verse.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    If you're so dumb you need to be told how to take this song you're probably a redneck.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • scruffian

    if you don't get it, you're a racist.

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • darla7561

    Basically he's saying to the other states who call us Rednecks that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Look up Lester Maddox.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    we`re rednecks

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Teazyweazy

    Randy is a living legend !!!

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    "Is he being ironic?" *facepalm*

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • algenon50

    a man & a piano...nothing better than randy .......

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • algenon50

    love him..........

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TantoTempo

    Is he being ironic?

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    This makes me smile.

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AndoDoug

    Nobody's got the guts to sing this straight--i might be give it a go but i'd need a red white and blue top hat for a prop

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    hilarious, horrifying, and very sad.

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • smoothjackson

    out of tune

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ctd55

    Clearly and undeniably great, and yet a bit troubling. I mean, how am I to take this song? Is everything between the intro and the final verse playful self-examination and self-criticism on the part of the narrator, who's acknowledging his own failings as just another dense, reactionary "redneck"? Or is he defiantly celebrating the ignorance and prejudice he knows others think are endemic to his kind? Or is he sarcastically sketching what he knows other people (perhaps incorrectly?) think he's like, so he can really twist the knife in that final verse, with its completely deserved broadside against Northern hypocrisy? Is it some combination of these things? And what does Newman expect us to take away from all this if we can't even be sure where the narrator stands?

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • incvd

    Only 3 comments? This song is a fucking classic.

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Alphavillain

    Very funny but also very angry.

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • HendrixFan42

    great song

    18 May 2008 Reply
  • TheHillster

    Don't know our ass from a hole in the ground...

    27 Mar 2007 Reply
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