Brad Paisley ‘Accidental Racist’ Duet Song with LL Cool J Receives Negative Feedback [Lyrics]

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Brad Paisley Accidental Racist Lyrics

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s new song, “Accidental Racist” has received an enormous amount of backlash, more negative than positive.

The song centers around Paisley (or his character) walking into a Starbucks coffee shop wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt.  The song covers Paisley’s struggle to deal with race issues as a white man in the South, who feels like people are “walking on eggshells” whenever the subject comes up.

Paisley and LL Cool J are trying to promote tolerance and open a discussion about race relations. Paisley sings, “Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms/Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn.” Accidental Racist lyrics below.

With LL Cool J eventually answering Paisley’s verse, “If you don’t judge my do-rag… I won’t judge your red flag. If you don’t judge my gold chains… I’ll forget the iron chains.”

Brad Paisley explains that he wasn’t trying to pull a stunt with this new song. “I think that [the song] comes from an honest place in both cases, and that’s why it’s on there and why I’m so proud of it. This isn’t a stunt. This isn’t something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I’m sort of doing it in spite of that, really.”

“I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “It was really obvious to me that we still have issues as a nation with [race]. … And I think the younger generations are really kind of looking for ways out of this.”

After the backlash, Paisley took it to Twitter saying, “I wouldn’t change a thing,” he wrote. “This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya’ll.”

“As you buy this album, I hope it triggers emotions,” he continued on to write in a Tweet. “I hope you feel joy, heartache, triumph, surprise; you laugh, cry, nudge someone beside you. I hope the album rocks you, soothes you, raises questions, answers, evokes feelings, all the way through until Officially Alive”

The song, “Accidental Racist” has sparked more negative than positive reactions, and the singer / songwriter knew it would cause some ruckus, but still stands behind it. He also says that he was prepared for the backlash.

“I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don’t know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step, and we’re asking the question in a big way. How do I show my Southern pride? What is offensive to you? And he [LL Cool J] kind of replies, and his summation is really that whole let’s bygones be bygones and ‘If you don’t judge my do rag, I won’t judge your red flag.’” Paisley tells Entertainment Weekly. “We don’t solve anything, but it’s two guys that believe in who they are and where they’re from very honestly having a conversation and trying to reconcile.”

The song is included on Paisley’s new album “Wheelhouse.”

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Accidental Racist lyrics:

“To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan
The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms
Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years
I try to put myself in your shoes and that’s a good place to begin
But it ain’t like I can walk a mile in someone else’s skin

‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland
Just like you I’m more than what you see
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
And we’re still paying for the mistakes
That a bunch of folks made long before we came
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood
What the world is really like when you’re livin’ in the hood
Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good
You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood
I wasn’t there when Sherman’s March turned the south into firewood
I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods
So when I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinkin’ it’s not all good
I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book
I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here

I’m just a white man
(If you don’t judge my do-rag)
Comin’ to you from the southland
(I won’t judge your red flag)
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from
(If you don’t judge my gold chains)
But not everything we’ve done
(I’ll forget the iron chains)
It ain’t like you and me can re-write history
(Can’t re-write history baby)

Oh, Dixieland
(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’)
I hope you understand what this is all about
(Quite frankly I’m a black Yankee but I’ve been thinkin’ about this lately)
I’m a son of the new south
(The past is the past, you feel me)
And I just want to make things right
(Let bygones be bygones)
Where all that’s left is southern pride
(RIP Robert E. Lee but I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
It’s real, it’s real
It’s truth”

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