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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama lyrics

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the Southland
I miss Alabamy once again
And I think it's a sin, yes

Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around anyhow

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

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

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Here I come Alabama

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how about you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama
Oh sweet home baby
Where the skies are so blue
And the governor's true
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Yea, yea

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    Oh and big wheels turning is about the freedom rides as well, the government passed a bill making it legal for blacks to sit anywhere on public transport, it banned segregation on transport after the montgomery bus boycott spanned from the famed rosa parks incident, the freedom riders were a group of black americans who wanted to test the new laws and sat in the white section of the buses from washington to alabama, although the riders were acting within the law, they were all killed in southern states after being captured on buses, many by the kkk (klu klux klan) but many also by the police, so yeh, it's about racism in the southern states in the 50s 60s and 70s.
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    Much love for this song, but it's real meaning is poiniant. It's about racism in the 60s and 70s! The lines about neil young for example, neil wrote a song which slagged the southern states for being racist, especially alabama. An it is true that the southern states were the hub of racial segregation and violence. The other telling line, "in birmingham they love the governor" in the 60s there was a kkk planted bomb in a black church in birmingham, many died, including children, also the governor of the same state sent the national guard down to little rock central high school because of the famouse little rock 9 incident, where 9 coloured children where introduced into an all white school, the governor tried to stop the children from entering by sending the national guard in, in the end, the president was forced to take action. So yes, an all time classic song which few know the true meaning behind, think about the racial killings of inocent black americans for the colour of their skin next time you hear this song, sous it sound any different when you do? And for those of you wondering, I'm white.
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