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stolen from plastic: In Birmingham they love the gov'nor/(Boo hoo… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
stolen from plastic:

In Birmingham they love the gov'nor/(Boo hoo hoo) Now we all did what we could do/Now Watergate does not bother me/Does your conscience bother you?/ Tell the truth

"It's pretty clear what they're saying in this song. 'Yes, George is our governor, hey, we tried to vote him out, but couldn't do it. Look at the President — he's a crook. I didn't vote for him and I don't feel guilty about it, so why should I feel guilty about the governor — do YOU feel guilty about Nixon?'"

edit: i love this song, and i've always misunderstood the lyrics (blame area_man and his guitar playing experience)...this interpretation finally makes that song make sense, considering van zant's own personal politics (mr. saturday night special, for instance). word.
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area_man From: area_man Date: November 25th, 2003 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, fuck off. Not only does "Sweet Home Alabama" put down a song that exposed prevalent racist white attitudes towards blacks in the south in the 60's and 70's (Southern Man by Neil Young), but Skynyrd also proudly displayed the confederate flag at concerts. Now, I know people are always saying that the Confederate Flag is no longer a symbol of racism and slavery and that it now represents southern pride and virtue. Bull shit. That's like putting up a stop sign and saying that it no longer means stop.

I think this cartoon says it best:
http://cagle.slate.msn.com/news/flag/main.asp

I've gotten off topic a bit here, but my point is clear: Skynyrd and the song "Sweet Home Alabama" is at best closet racist southern pop and at worst blatantly racist southern rock opera. Take your pick.

As for Van Zant's personal politics, not familiar with them, and even if I were, they don't change the lyrics of the song.
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