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As he told CNN, the song, which is from Paisley’s newly released album “Wheelhouse,” is a “bold statement” not just for country music, but for music in general.
LL joined the country star in offering what they bill as two sides to a story on race relations, prejudice and stereotypes in the U.S. Paisley sings from the perspective of “a white man cominâ€™ to you from the Southland,” one who would wear a Confederate flag on his shirt to show that he’s a “Skynyrd fan.”
“They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears. Weâ€™re still siftinâ€™ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years,” Paisley says in the song. “I try to put myself in your shoes and thatâ€™s a good place to begin. But it ainâ€™t like I can walk a mile in someone elseâ€™s skin. … Iâ€™m proud of where Iâ€™m from but not everything weâ€™ve done, and it ainâ€™t like you and me can re-write history. Our generation didnâ€™t start this nation, and weâ€™re still paying for mistakes that a bunch of folks made long before we came.”