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Southern Man - Neil Young

Southern Man

After the Gold Rush
classic rock rock Neil Young singer-songwriter 70s


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 remember a southern man don't need him around anyhow.


Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and social activist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, particularly as Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Young was born in Toronto, but he moved to the family home of Winnipeg as a child, which is where his music career began. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. Show more ...

Southern Man - Neil Young

Southern man
Better keep your head
Don't forget
What your good book said
Southern change
Gonna come at last
Now your crosses
Are burning fast
Southern man

I saw cotton
And I saw black
Tall white mansions
And little shacks.
Southern man
When will you
Pay them back?
I heard screamin'
And bullwhips cracking
How long? How long?

Southern man
Better keep your head
Don't forget
What your good book said
Southern change
Gonna come at last
Now your crosses
Are burning fast
Southern man

Lily Belle,
Your hair is golden brown
I've seen your black man
Comin' round
Swear by God
I'm gonna cut him down!
I heard screamin'
And bullwhips cracking
How long? How long?



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