"Redneck Friend" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Pretty little one
How has it all begun?
They're teaching you how to walk
But you're already on the run
Little one--
What you gonna do?
Little one--
Honey, it's all up to you

Now your daddy's in the den shootin' up the evening news
Mama's with a friend, lately she's been so confused
Little one--
Come on and take my hand
I may not have the answer but I believe I got a plan

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
And see if we can't get in touch with a very close friend of mine
But let me clue you in, it ain't like him
To argue or pretend--
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Well they've got a little list of all those things of which they don't approve
They've got to keep their eyes on you or you might make your move
Little one--
I really wish you would
Little one--
I think the damage would do you good

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
We're going to forget all about the battle
It's gonna feel so fine
'Cause he's the missing link, the kitchen sink--
Eleven on a scale of ten
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
I'm going to try to swing you up into my saddle
And then we'll run but you'll think we're flyin'
Now honey don't just stand there
Lookin' like this dream will never end
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Lyrics submitted by mikepauer

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    General CommentY'all aren't thinking right. It's a very transparent song. His redneck friend is his penis. He wants to introduce the "pretty little one" to his penis. Get it? It's his poetic way of saying he wants to fuck her, not so much make love to her, but fuck her... well.

    And daddy's not doing heroin for crap's sake! Daddy is distracted in that moment watching tv so Jacks sees an opportunity to move in for the kill.

    It's really not that serious of a song but it is slightly more complex than a jerk off song. It's fun, one of very few light songs from him in that era. And Lesyeuxdeserpent, 100%, ALL of the other lyrics support that theory.
    AstoriaQueenon May 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about his dick.
    tyrobincollinson October 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, definitely about his penis.
    iquitmysceneon May 12, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIf you all stop looking for sexual connotation, you realize right away that the song is about his son who traveled with him when on tour. The lad was barely 2 years old but already on the run even though they were just teaching him how to walk.

    Toddlers like to 'shake, rattle & roll' - the 'red-neck friend' was probably David Lindley.
    Rvonon April 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentHis red neck friend is his penis. Get it? Now the lyrics make sense.
    Grabboon December 30, 2016   Link
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    General CommentMy understanding is that the title was originally red-Headed friend, which was a bit too transparent for FM radio play back in the day, so he had to change it to 'neck.' Cadence on headed works better, too.

    Lindley wasn't much of a red head, or neck as I understand it.
    dogfather1951on May 08, 2018   Link
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    General CommentHis redneck friend is Gregg Allman. He was a big fan of the ABB
    BossGlebeon December 23, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about showing her the sexual ropes.
    anne113661on January 04, 2020   Link
  • -1
    General CommentUh..Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh...yeah...and his hand...Heh Heh Heh Heh...heh heh.
    groovyleeon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo way no how is this song about masturbation - just because Rosie is people assume all his songs are! This song is about a girl from a troubled family, "daddy's in the den shooting up the evening news" is a reference to heroin addiction, and the song's protagonist is offering his assistance in some way. I'm not sure who the 'redneck friend' is - maybe it's a drug reference, or maybe it's an actual person. But no way is it a reference to his penis - nothing about the other lyrics supports that theory.
    Lesyeuxdeserpenton February 29, 2012   Link

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