"South Carolina Low Country" as written by and Turner....
I grew up in South Carolina
Singing all them bluegrass and country songs
I'd sing from Hannah down to Charlestowne
Getting all the people to sing along to what I call

South Carolina low country
Southern words with an old Sandlapper tune
Palmetto trees swaying in that Atlantic breeze
Reaching up to touch the crescent moon
South Carolina low country
Is the music that comes outta me

I remember standing in the warm sunshine
Working my fingers to the bone
Singing as I suckered down that ole drag row
I came up with a music all my own it's what I call


South Carolina low country
Southern words with an old Sandlapper tune
Palmetto trees swaying in that Atlantic breeze
Reaching up to touch the crescent moon
South Carolina low country
Is the music that comes outta me

God bless Wade Hampton and The Swamp Fox
Their strength will stand the test of time
They fought for a flag, a state, and a way of life
because of that you will always find me singing my

South Carolina low country
Oh, the sound in my heart will always be
South Carolina low country
That's the music that comes outta me
It's the music coming outta me


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"South Carolina Low Country" as written by Josh Turner

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    General Commentyeah, so this song is about the Low country of South Carolina, the place Josh grew up, and part of the greatest state in the United States ;).

    Im a guy, but Josh Turners voice is amazing, and thats undeniable...
    great song, by a great artist
    Plums72on July 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOnce I heard the part about "God bless WADE HAMPTON and the swamp fox.....they fought for a flag, a state,
    and a WAY OF LIFE", it set off alarms in my head. So, I looked it up, and confirmed what I thought I had
    remembered.....

    Wade Hampton was a Confederate officer in the Civil War. Although it was not uncommon to own slaves back then
    (common or not...wrong), Wade Hampton cannot possibly fall into the common slave owning male of the day category....
    cwk2on March 10, 2010   Link
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    General Comment...Now there was Wade Hampton, Wade Hampton II, and Wade Hampton III. All three were officers in wars. As far
    as "military exploits" go, Wade Hampton III (civil war) was the most prominent, and the most successful in politics.
    Either one he is talking about, they were all slave owners. However, not just any slave owners...the most prominent.
    Actually, no one (and I mean no one) in the entire United States owned more slaves. Sidenote: no state had more slaves than South Carolina. So, one could say (and without running the risk of being incorrect) that Wade Hampton was the posterchild of slavery. If any officer in the entire Confederacy would've been fighting for racism, hatred, slavery, aristocracy, greed, etc., that officer would be Wade Hampton....
    cwk2on March 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentso, without reaching very far at all......
    Saying "God bless Wade Hampton" who fought for "a flag, a state, and a way of life" would be tantamount to:

    "God bless the richest slave owning officer of the Confederacy who fought to maintain slavery, racism, and hate"

    I have lost all respect for Josh Turner. I scoff whenever I hear him sing any songs about religion such as Long Black Train or The Way He Was Raised. It's absolutley laughable, and disgustingly hypocritical.
    cwk2on March 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIf we can trust Wikipedia Hampton fought, not only in the war but also after the war, through a variety of political means to further the enslavement and subsequently the suppression of and violence against blacks. I believe Josh Turner's choice to record this song is a poor choice. If he wrote it I beg him in the name of our Lord to rethink and rescind it. The "way of life" Hampton fought for was provided for by the forced labor of a subjugated race. This subjugation was cruel and evil. There is nothing remotely Christian about that kind of cruelty. A believer should not ever support or endorse that kind of activity, especially a believer so visible and influential as Mr. Turner. Please, Josh, say something.
    mkperk@hotmailon October 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe line is God Bless Wade Hampton and THE SWAMP FOX now its already been discussed that there are 3 Wad Hamptons but assuming that the swamp fox was also mentioned looking up that name brings up a man named Francis Marion who served in the Revolutionary War, not the Civil War, so the line was obviously not referring to what most of you are assuming and thinking the worst of Josh Turner. It took me all of 2 minutes to find this information, do better research people.
    MBR1on May 15, 2015   Link

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