"Ronnie and Neil" as written by and Patterson Hood Rob Malone....
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


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    General CommentI love this song. It's obviously a song about the relationship between Ronnie Van Zant and Neil Young and putting right the misconception that they were sworn enemies.

    The songs is really very self explanatory.

    this song starts off with reference to the 16th street baptist church bombings in 1963 in Birmingham Alabama. 4 young black girls were killed after the KKK planted sticks of dynamite under and around the church. the line "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" is obviously to say that many people in Birmingham (and Alabama in general) weren't racists and couldn't have cared about race but got tarred with the same brush.

    The song then goes into the relationship between the two and how it was formed after Neil young wrote a few songs about the racism in Alabama - there's not really much else to it.
    MarkCox11on July 20, 2010   Link

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