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Rednecks

Randy Newman
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Il primo verso credo possa fare riferimento ad una famosa puntata televisiva del Dick Cavett Show, ospiti l'ex governatore della Georgia, il populista segregazionista Lester Maddox, e un'ex stella del football, il nero Jim Brown. Ad un certo punto, quest'ultimo chiese provocatoriamente all'ex governatore – in seguito vice-governatore durante il mandato di Jimmy Carter – se la sua politica così "favorevole" ai negri avesse mai fatto incazzare qualche redneck, qualche bigotto bianco... Il conduttore Dick Cavett ribadì la domanda di Brown e Lester Maddox andò su tutte le furie, pretendendo da Cavett le scuse per aver offeso il suo elettorato, ma il conduttore rimase impassibile e Maddox abbandonò lo studio televisivo nel pieno della diretta...

Last night, I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show
With some smart ass New York Jew
And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox
And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too

Well, he may be a fool, but he's our fool
If they think they're better than him, they're wrong
So I went to the park, and I took some paper along
And that's where I made this song

We talk real funny down here
We drink too much and we laugh too loud
We're too dumb to make it in no Northern town
We're keepin' the niggers down

We got no-necked oilmen from Texas
Good ol' boys from Tennessee
College men from LSU
Went in dumb, come out dumb too
Hustlin' 'round Atlanta in their alligator shoes
Gettin' drunk every weekend at the barbecues
They're keepin' the niggers down

We're rednecks, we're rednecks
We don't know our ass from a hole in the ground
We're rednecks, we're rednecks
We're keeping the niggers down

Now, your northern nigga's a Negro
You see, he's got his dignity
Down here, we too ignorant to realize
That the North has set the nigga free

Yes, he's free to be put in a cage
In Harlem in New York City
And he's free to be put in a cage on the South-Side of Chicago
And the West-Side
And he's free to be put in a cage in Hough in Cleveland
And he's free to be put in a cage in East St. Louis
And he's free to be put in a cage in Fillmore in San Francisco
And he's free to be put in a cage in Roxbury in Boston
They're gatherin' 'em up from miles around
Keepin' the niggers down

We're rednecks, we're rednecks
We don't know our ass from a hole in the ground
We're rednecks, we're rednecks
We're keeping the niggers down
We're keeping the niggers down.

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2020/4/11 - 13:58



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