Brad Paisley’s new song with LL. Cool J has become controversial as fast as it takes to turn on a computer.
Called "Accidental Racist," the song sets Paisley in a Confederate flag short and claiming to be "caught between Southern pride and Southern blame."
"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 rewrite history," Paisley sings. "Our generation didn’t start this nation / We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday."
The song addresses Reconstruction and attempts to relate, with Paisley singing "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."
LL Cool J joins in for a verse, rapping "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."
Of course, the song has sparked strong reactions — more negative than positive — on Twitter and other sites from people who are shocked, outraged, amused, or weirded out by the lyrics.
The song is included on Paisley’s new album "Wheelhouse."
The singer told Entertainment Weekly he knew the song would cause a public ruckus.
"I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago," he said. "I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race. You know, it’s like we’re almost grown up. You have these little moments as a country where it’s like, ‘Wow things are getting better.’ And then you have one where it’s like, ‘Wow, no they’re not.’
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