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I drop in on country lyrics now-n-then just to keep my chops up lol. However, today I was immediately inspired by just a couple of titles while browsing for something to read. It's pretty obvious what they were :)

https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=14108020

Stars and bars are flying
But it's just a flag to me
Chicago may be burning
But that's not my family tree

I’ve been around enough to know
Who to call my brother
Pride is earned, hate is learned
And don't backtalk your mother

***The South is always with me
Tall pines and mossy oaks
Down dirt roads in Dixie
And the pride of just plain folks***

I'm proud to be a patriot
But don't march down my street
War is bloody business
You better practice what you preach

There's a simple southern truth
That I've known since my youth
You are your brother's keeper
And history is proof

Last edited on Tue Sep 8th, 2020 11:26 pm by JAPOV

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Is the *** part the chorus? Feels like it could be.
That seems the strongest to me.
I feel like there are some political nuances that I'm not picking up on in the rest, but it all hangs together well.

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Lol... Too subtle? ;)

That's OK, racism in the US is probably not a going concern "Down Under"...

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Pretty darn good. Sentiments are on the edge but the kind side of that edge.

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Acoustic rough :Guitarman1:

https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=14108020

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MASempine wrote:
Pretty darn good. Sentiments are on the edge but the kind side of that edge.

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I love the groove on the verses.
Have you tried singing out on the chorus? Feels like it could go louder there if you wanted.

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Harmony! :)

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I think this is a great message. As I read the lyrics, I think they would be best sung by a black person.

On that note - I think the chorus could be stronger. Make your statement bold.


Off the top of my head - not sure it fits, but hope the idea does.

The South captured my heritage
Tall pines and mossy oaks
Tarred and feathered left to hang
By the pride of just plain folks

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What's funny is, I actually considered that... much in the same way I've often wondered why BLM/Antifa don't simply adopt the confederate flag for themselves lol. However, there's a historical problem with that, and for the sake of argument... (wink)... I'll tell you what it is...

FACTS... From 1710 to 1807 Great Britain was the most prolific slave-trader on the planet. 2,870,000 Africans were sold to the Americas equaling 1/3 of all slaves sold by the *SIX* slave trading European nations of that time. Slaves purchased from the warring American Indian tribes are estimated to be in the 10s of thousands, but African slaves were preferred because Indians would just run away. Indian males were notoriously non-compliant because they considered farming woman's work. So you see, even the Indians were practicing slavery long before the settlers arrived here. In fact, the Indians would chop off a slave's foot so he couldn't run.

The surrender at Yorktown, VA marked the end of America's war of independence from Great Britain on October 19, 1781 led by General George Washington with a little help from the French. Start paying close attention to the timeline now...

The "Anti-slavery Republican Party" was born in a Ripon, Wisconsin schoolhouse on March 20, 1854 and Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president in 1860. At its birth, the Republican Party had no presence in the Southern United States. The Democrats controlled the national government from 1852 until 1860, and Presidents Pierce and Buchanan were friendly to Southern interests. The Southern Democrats (Dixiecrats) insisted slavery was "national". In "The Cornerstone Address" Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens stated, "The negro is not equal to the white man; Slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition."

Abraham Lincoln leads the Union to victory in the American Civil War (April 12,1861- April 9,1865/ his entire presidency) abolishing slavery, and was assassinated April 15, 1865. The KKK was born December 24,1865 in Pulaski, TN to keep law and order in the decimated South, and "Southern Reconstruction" lasted until 1877.

The southern states remain Democrat until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, largely attributed to Martin Luther King jr who was assassinated April 4,1968 in Memphis, TN. Vice President Lyndon B Johnson, Democrat from Texas, assumes the Presidency after John F Kennedy is assassinated November 22,1963, and serves until 1969. As Democratic Senate Majority Leader in 1957, LBJ voted against Civil Rights for obvious North vs South reasons. However, just five days after JFK's assassination, LBJ champions the Civil Rights Act while reportedly referring to it as the “n***** bill” in more than one private phone conversations, and stating "I'll have those n*****s voting Democrat for the next 200 years." To this day most Blacks in America are still slaves to Democrat ideology / victimology and still vote Democrat, despite the fact that Republicans have won most presidential elections in the South since 1964. However, it should also be noted that, even though the KKK is mostly regarded as a toothless dog, politically it does still exist and Democrats still controlled nearly every Southern state legislature until the mid 1990's...

Here's the point... Republicans have never owned any slaves. US Republicans are never given credit for leading the cause of Civil Rights and abolishing slavery WORLD WIDE. Arrogance and ignorance are dangerous bedfellows who have no regard for history, and anyone who would disregard the truth for political gain is not my brother.

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Here's the original version of the lyric...

Far too young, never seen a burning cross
Or a man hanging from a tree
Stars and bars still fly down south
But it’s just a flag to me

I’ve been around enough to hear
The cries of wailing mothers
I know pride is earned and hate is learned
And one is just as dangerous as the other

I’ve seen men of all nations marching in line
And I’ve seen children listen while elders preach
It’s no wonder why the streets are bloody
When young men practice what old men teach

Far too young, never seen a burning cross….........

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JAPOV,

I hear your head - lol - control.

I think you have something special here. Keep the politics out. Slavery, bigotry, racim, ignorance - atrocities committed. Be bold. Don't placate the facts.

I love parts of the original and the new version. I hope you will keep workiing on this.

This line had me confused: "Stars and bars still fly down south" because I picture a confederate flag. I did some research and found that my depiction of the confederate flag is modern day, not original. So, on my new knowledge, I may suggest (unless I am not understanding the context)>- Stars and three bars. On the other hand, that flag may not still be flying anymore toady.

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You've actually hit upon an excellent point there Andrea. In the South everyone is well aware of the stars and bars, or the "battle flag's" true origins. What most folks don't realize is that only the KKK refers to it as the "southern cross"... Don't ever forget, the KKK's origins were Democrat ""AFTER"" the Civil War and they held very strong political influence for 90 years. They were the "Democratic Law And Order" of the South and insured Southern loyalty to the Democrat party. What most folks don't realize is that the KKK weren't just hanging Blacks, but the fact that the entire South flipped to Republican after MLK's execution speaks volumes. So, you see... the real travesty here is that the KKK still claims that flag and has the audacity to call it a cross.

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I thought it sounded really good.

Nice...

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Thanks John! I do a lot of quick recordings with my phone these days just so I don't forget lol, Sucks getting old...

What was I sayin'? ;)

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I like this one a lot! The guitar work and rhythm of the song are cool!

...and the song followed into Not Allowed 477 on Soundclick... very cool song too! You've got some great talent, JAPOV. I'm envious of your production skills. Very clear sounds and excellent mixes. Easily radio-quality. :D

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Lol... I don't know about radio quality, but it sounds OK from my couch :)

Thanks Icy!

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I like it. Written from an approach that us Northerners wouldn’t be able to write from.

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I lived in Philadelphia, Pa for a couple of years... From there, Ohio is most definitely "West" lol ;)

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Being Southern from top to bottom I get it loud and clear. Good write. I have one that's about the same sentiment not the wording though. I'll post mine tomorrow.

Raspberry Smoke could do that. some justice.

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I just googled raspberry smoke lol... did you mean "Blackberry"? :)

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Yes but you'll have to excuse me I'm senile, old, stupid and generally don't have a clue. But Blackberry Smoke would be a good choice for that song.


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