You take what you need and you leave the rest …

… but they should never have taken the very best. Could equally be applied to reparations after WW1.

# Barbara McLendon: I m proud to say that on September 7th of this year…last Friday, I was driving in southern Arkansas … close to where Levon Helm was raised … I looked up at the road sign, that said I was on the Levon Helm Memorial Highway …

That made me feel good inside …It was in Helena, Arkansas….Home of the Blues Festival … I have always enjoyed and admired Levon…we all miss him … He was a Southern Treasure …

# Stone Lover:

—I was a young urban Black kid going to a suburban school. A White friend played this for me in his car. On a cassette.
—-I almost cried right there, because the level of pain and stress in the lyrics. As a Northerner they did not teach us anything about the aftermath of that war.
——Forgive me, but I thought Levon was Black. Just the grit, power and Southern soul in his voice.
2018——It still moves me to tears. Absolutely the best history lesson of the post Civil War South.

# Lloyd Webb:

My favorite song and performance too. My great grandfather x3 is buried in Richmond at Howards Grove. He was a confederate soldier, He died just a few months before it fell.

No matter your stance on this subject, history will forever stand unchanged. Those people were not just fighting for slavery. At the time it was their way of life. I wont defend any of it however, I will say this – that’s our history and America should never forget that American’s died for what they believed. Right or wrong that’s what happened.

This song embodies the suffering the south endured. It is surely Not a thing of the past, it will forever stand as our heritage. The south did not rise again. It learned to stand again and we are all better for it. God Bless you, Levon Helm, you made a difference in peoples hearts with your music.

# rrp1984:

I’m from Detroit, I see this song as someone telling a story about history. We as a country should never forget our history.Yes a lot of southern boys died for this country In two world wars . We are all Americans, as one we stand divided we fall.

Some of my best friends came from the south when their family came to Detroit to work in the steel mills and auto plants. Some time words have two meaning and people take it and use it in wrong ways. I think Levon Helm just telling about history, this is one of the great songs and the heart and soul comes out in it .That’s all .

Keep on with the southern fried rock. Love it in DETROIT. Not only great music comes from the south, good people do too.

From over here, I find all that fascinating. My early experiences of Americans were from California, I once shared a carriage with a Stanford lawyer in suit and wire-rimmed glasses, we were travelling down from the north of Sweden to Stockholm at the time, I also know various educated northerners but have never been to the eastern seaboard.

At the same time, music and film gave many people sympathy for the south and now I’d count myself semi-southern, with sympathies for the northerners at this blog. Over here, my roots are northern but my education southern, plus some antipodaean in there, Irish too, maybe some South African, definitely Russian and French.  For some reason, I’m always encompassed by Scots – they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere.  Plus Scotch.

The Band are surely to be commended, as Canadian boys with a southern American member, for producing that song … and this.

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