that ain't my America
October 04, 2009 6:10:10 PM UTC Post #11

What a fantastic response...much respect to you Wickey!!!

If he's on his soapbox he forgot to wash his dirty mouth out in the process...hahaha

October 04, 2009 7:30:50 PM UTC Post #12

RIGHT ON WICKEY!!!!!!!!!

Dan your act is getting tired!!!!!!!!

You already talked down to us - SKYNYRD NATION, by posting the lyrics to Saturday Night Special comparing it to God & Guns...

Question: Did you actually buy God & Guns??? And second did actually listen to it before you formed your opinion?????

Buddy get off you soap box and go away!!!!

Yeah you're free to speak you mind, but if all you're going to do is talk down to us and bash Johnny and the boyz you need to take your act else where....

If you don't like Skynyrd then move on and join the Dixie Chicks, K. West or some other group that shares you views.... Join them and live in the world where everybody plays nice nice....

'Cause The Nation doesn't need you and your views so move on.....

I'm not dead, at least not yet, Still Alone, Still Alive, STILL UNBROKEN....

October 04, 2009 8:28:28 PM UTC Post #13

I for 1 would like to say to dan is this did you actually sit and listen to the interview johnny gary and rickey give about god and guns the song... I think not because johnny said this was before obama came into power......and they have their own beliefs about firearms why don't you go listen to the interview you loser .............. this is LYNYRD SKYNYRD jack and we don't approve of you downing the greatest rock and roll band in the world......john mcguoirk

October 05, 2009 6:33:29 AM UTC Post #14

Thank you for all your replies!

When you think something is wrong and you feel the need to debate it, it’s more constructive to do so with people that might not share your opinion. That’s my reason for posting my opinions here.

To me, God and Guns is a cynic and rather desperate market strategy. The title track is not even written by the band but handed to them by the management.

If someone would have handed Ronnie Van Zant that song and asked him to sing it, that person would have regretted it badly.

Is there anyone here, more than that spanish guy (thank you!) who actually appreciate Ronnie Van Zant and what he believed in?

October 05, 2009 8:41:16 AM UTC Post #15

I think the point is that we appreciate and RESPECT the old and the new.

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

October 05, 2009 10:21:54 AM UTC Post #16

@roadfatigue:

I'm glad we got ya around brother!!! :)

October 05, 2009 9:20:33 PM UTC Post #17

Roadfatigue I hear ya' brother, if I lived close to you I'd buy you a six pack my friend, you said it all!

October 05, 2009 9:28:15 PM UTC Post #18


Dan you said....
"If someone would have handed Ronnie Van Zant that song and asked him to sing it, that person would have regretted it badly".
Dan, I strongly disagree with that statment, times have changed, Ronnie would not go along with the things that the democratic party stands for today and other issues like illegal immigration, gay marrage,etc.

October 06, 2009 6:19:10 AM UTC Post #19

=Dan Hafstrom said:Hello Tom! Please don't censor this message. All kinds of Skynyrd fans deserve the right to speak their mind about the new record!

That Ain’t My Skynyrd

What bothers me about songs like ”God and Guns” and ”That Ain’t My America” is that they totally lack the wit, depth and complexity that were the trademarks of Ronnie Van Zants songwriting.

Indeed, it must be a sign of bad self confidence to retreat to old clichés about guns and America, as though there is no other audience out there for Skynyrd these days than white Christian NRA-members constantly hollering about the price of gas.

People! Ronnie Van Zant was so much wiser than that. And the appeal of his songs was a lot greater than that. The sad thing about the current band is that they’re seemingly trying to confirm all the prejudice a lot of people have historically had of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The majority of music fans out there still don’t realize what a brilliant songwriter Ronnie Van Zant was and what a fantastic band 70’s Skynyrd was. And a lot of people don’t realize what kind of subjects Ronnie Van Zant actually wrote about.

There was a very obvious reason why Gary Rossington and Allen Collins did not reform Skynyrd after the crash. They knew very well that things could never be the same. Still I can understand why Gary Rossington and the others ultimately decided to call themselves Skynyrd again. And who could deny them the right to the name and the opportunity to make a good living? But it’s getting increasingly hard to accept the way the use the name and increasingly sad to witness them turning into some kind of Sarah Palin-soundtrack.

To all of you who think Lynyrd Skynyrd is exclusively for conservative republicans I (with a little help from my friends) must once again slay the myths and misconceptions about the greatest of all American rock bands.

Ronnie Van Zant supported Jimmy Carter strongly in the 1976 race, and the band raised a lot of money for his campaign. To him, Carter was for the working man, and would restore trust and integrity to the government, as well as heal the nation after Vietnam.

In reference to "Sweet Home Alabama", bassist Leon Wilkeson stated that they "supported Wallace about as much as your average American supported Hitler".

There's a "Boo! Boo! Boo!" after the mention of Wallace in that song.

Watergate didn't bother a cynic who was used to Washington D.C. playing games with southerners, especially since Nixon showed his opportunistic colors with the "Southern Strategy". Ronnie said that when he wrote that lyric, he just laughed, because he knew it would "either blow us wide open, or piss everyone off so bad we won't get a second chance."

Clydie King and Merry Clayton are African-Americans, and they sing the background vocals on the song, which pretty much discredits any charges of racism. As for those pesky stars 'n bars... MCA Records made them use it for a marketing tool, and Ronnie finally got his way when the flag was no longer used on their final tour in 1977, before the plane crash. He said Europeans loved it more than the Americans, because "they are into that macho American shit".

"Things Goin' On" is anti-Vietnam and advocates helping the inner cities with the money that was wasted on the war and the moon program. Have things changed that much?

"Saturday Night Special" is anti-handgun, and calls for voluntary gun control ("why don't we dump 'em all, people, to the bottom of the sea?").

"All I Can Do Is Write About It" is pro-environmental.

"The Ballad of Curtis Loew" reveals the truths of racism in the south circa the late 50's, and how a young boy overcame his prejudices because of the great healing power of music. It is so beautifully told, without exploitation or overstatement.

Some things are too easily forgotten ...



Great comment, Dan, every word is true !!

And again: Good to see the guys still playing Ronnie´s songs. His lyrics had the background of a selfconcious, open minded and independent man !! That was real LYNYRD SKYNYRD with heart&soul.!!!

October 06, 2009 8:42:55 AM UTC Post #20

My CANADIAN 2 cents......GREAT SONG and not that all different to life on this side of the border............Just a couple of leaders with different stripes on their back!!!!!

About the Olympics....from first hand knowledge and over 30 years of paying "OLYMPIC TAXES" for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal......2 weeks of global exposure and 30 years of money deducted from my pay...You make the choice........

Did I hear correctly Brazil pledged 14 BILLION US$ to host the games in the most violent city on the planet????????????


Looking for the next SUMMIT............

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