Rednecks by Randall Stuart (Randy) Newman

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 no Northern town
We keepin’ the niggers down

We got no-necked oilmen from Texas
And good ol’ boys from Tennessee
And college men from L.S.U.
Went in dumb, come out dumb too

Hustlin’ ’round Atlanta in their alligator shoes
Gettin’ drunk every weekend at the barbecues
We keepin’ the niggers down

We’re rednecks, rednecks
And we don’t know our ass from a hole in the ground
We’re rednecks, we’re rednecks
We keepin’ the niggers down

Now your northern nigger’s a Negro
You see he’s got his dignity
Down here we’re too ignorant to realize
That the North has set the nigger 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
In the South-Side of Chicago, 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 keepin’ the niggers down
We are keepin’ the niggers down.

From: http://www.vmusic.com.au/lyrics/randy-newman/rednecks-version-lyrics-6558767.aspx

Date: 1974

By: Randall Stuart (Randy) Newman (1943- )

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One Comment to “Rednecks by Randall Stuart (Randy) Newman”

  1. A poem of mine in which Randy Newman appears.

    *Jim*

    Hearing Randy Newman on the radio

    I think of you.

    I remember a song of his you liked

    that ended in the refrain

    “You give me reason to live.

    You give me reason to live.”

    I didn’t share your taste for Newman,

    but we were alike in more important ways,

    both foreigners in our own tribe,

    uncomfortable with the badinage

    that passes for bonding.

    You were the kind of teacher who could make a difference

    but worked in a place

    where differences weren’t appreciated,

    while I managed to pass

    by hiding my heterodoxy

    behind an everyman face.

    With each other

    we could remove our masks.

    Then I was away for a few weeks

    and when I came back you were dead, a suicide.

    Every time I remember you I think

    if only I’d been there to hold on

    maybe I could have kept you from slipping

    into death’s cold embrace.

    On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM, From Troubles of The World wrote:

    > flusteredduck posted: “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 w” >

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