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​Ronnie and Neil

This song is by Drive-By Truckers and appears on the album Southern Rock Opera (2001).

Church blows 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 through the blood and glass
Blood stains on their good names and all of us take the blame

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

Meanwhile in Northern 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
Wrote a couple of great songs about the bad shit that went down
"Southern Man" and "Alabama" certainly told some truth
But there's a lot of good folks down here and Neil Young just wasn't around

Meanwhile in Northern Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd comes to town
To record with Jimmy Johnson at Muscle Shoals Sound
And they met some real fine people, not no 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 their 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 'ol Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the Lord

And Neil honored Ronnie
In his casket to the ground
And to my way of thinking
Us southern men still 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

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
Let them guitars blast for Ronnie and Neil
Let them guitars blast for Ronnie and Neil

Written by:

Patterson Hood