Ronnie And Neil

Album: Southern Rock Opera (2001)
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  • Church blew up in Birmingham
    Four little black girls killed for no goddamn good reason
    All this hate and violence can't come to no good end
    A stain on the good name.
    A whole lot of good people dragged threw the blood and glass
    Blood stains on their good names and all of us take the blame

    Meanwhile in North Alabama, Wilson Pickett comes to town
    To record that sweet soul music, to get that Muscle Shoals sound

    Meanwhile in North Alabama, Aretha Franklin comes to town
    To record that sweet soul music, to get that Muscle Shoals sound

    And out in California, a rock star from Canada writes a couple of great songs about the
    Bad shit that went down
    "Southern Man" and "Alabama" certainly told some truth
    But there were a lot of good folks down here and Neil Young wasn't around

    Meanwhile in North Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd came to town
    To record with Jimmy Johnson at Muscle Shoals Sound
    And they met some real good people, not racist pieces of shit
    And they wrote a song about it and that song became a hit

    Ronnie and Neil Ronnie and Neil
    Rock stars today ain't half as real
    Speaking there minds on how they feel
    Let them guitars blast for Ronnie and Neil

    Now Ronnie and Neil became good friends their feud was just in song
    Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
    So He wrote "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd to record
    But Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the lord

    And Neil helped carry Ronnie in his casket to the ground
    And to my way of thinking, us southern men need both of them around

    Ronnie and Neil Ronnie and Neil
    Rock stars today ain't half as real
    Speaking their minds on how they feel
    Let them guitars blast for Ronnie and Neil Writer/s: PATTERSON HOOD
    Publisher: WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesI've sent this song to two people who despised the Skynyrd's alleged "Southern attitude" and couldn't stand to hear their music. Coincidentally, both these people were huge Neil Young fans. The juxtaposition of these elements reset their view of things considerably.
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