Friday, May 28, 2010

God, Guns and a Grande

"Last night I heard this politician, talking 'bout his brand new mission. I Liked his plans, but they came undone when he got around to God and Guns"

Ever get a song in your head you just can't rid of?

The latest Lynyrd Skynyrd CD has a track that refuses to quit with a redneck battle cry that would make the late Ronnie Van Zant proud.

The title track to "God & Guns" refers to a comment Barack Obama made about small town Americans who "cling to guns or religion." Lyrically, the song is dead set against all forms of gun control, contradicting the stance of original Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, who urged all handguns be dumped to the bottom of the sea in "Saturday Night Special".

But, no matter how catchy the number, what happens when this story plays itself it out in real life?

"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations"

“To me, there's nothing freer than a bird, you know, just flying wherever he wants to go. And, I don't know, that's what this country is all about, being free. I think everyone wants to be a free bird"
RONNIE VAN ZANT (1948-1977)

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