Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

After Neil Young appeared to slam the Southern States in Southern Man, rockers from these parts came up with this tune, albeit four years later in 1974. The song maintains that Neil Young was generalizing, that one racist does not make all this way. As far as logical fallacies and debate go this is convincing. Nonetheless, the band is speaking up for all Southerners, and the feud may be like an early musical battle of which we now see rappers engage in debating their musical prowess.

The song also sings about loving the Governor of Alabama. George Wallace supported racial segregation. However, this line is followed with boos as refrains. The band then asks if the 1972 Watergate scandal (the break in of the Democrat HQ and cover up) bothers you. This has been interpreted as just meaning, let’s move on, and that leaders are fallible.

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