Does LYNYRD SKYNIRD diss NEIL YOUNG in Sweet Home Alabama? Or are they just joking around and poking fun?
The lyrics "well i hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don't need him around anyway" is this just a joke or are they really beefin' with Neil Young who had a song called Southern Man.
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
They are dissing Neil Young. If you look further into the lyrics, there is a verse:
"In Birmingham they love the governor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth "
What governor would this be other than George Wallace, who said "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever"? The funny thing is I heard a more recent recording from a reunion tour that omitted this verse, as if the band changed their tune (no pun intended), and so I would say they originally meant it.
It's just sad that the Skynard racist song was so much more catchy than the Neil Young anti-racism song that prompted it.
- 10 years ago
It definitely is a diss on Neil Young.
It is just how Alabama was at the time. It has changed quite a bit. I was born and raised there and it isn't a bunch of hicks and Klan members....anymore....lol.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Neil Young thought it was a good song
- 10 years ago
Yes. It's a direct challenge to Young's scathing commentary about the South in "Southern Man" I bet you thought that dissing other artists was limited to Hip Hop/Rap. :-)
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