Bad blood between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd?

I heard that Skynyrd called Neil Young out in "Sweet Home Alabama" when they kinda whispered "Southern Man"...anyone know the story behing that?

Also, I heard the Eagles and Steely Dan werent the best of friends, as the Eagles referenced in Hotel California..."They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast..."

Anyone have any info on that?

Update:

Actually T.S.R, After the Line "Well I heard Mister Young sing about her" if you listen REALLY close you can hear them whisper the words "southern man"...of course I know they sing about him, gosh I've heard the song lol....and i've heard the neil young song you referenced too..

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I think the Steely Dan explanation is a stretch.

    The music for Hotel California is probably based on the song "We Used To Know" - by Jethro Tull. The Eagles toured with Jethro Tull just before they came out with their song. See:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=EgO7MamJnqM

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    The song is credited as being written by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was released in 1976 by the Eagles.

    There are many fantastic ideas about the meaning of the lyrics of the song. These theories usually pick one or two isolated items from the entire song. Almost all songs tell a story, and as such all of the lyrics should contribute to the whole. Hotel California is no different.

    The meaning of the lyrics are that the song is a description of the journey from ‘Need’ to ‘Love and Marriage’ to ‘Divorce’ and ultimately to the impossibility of regaining the life and happiness of the pre-divorce state.

    Initially the traveler is feeling the need of a relationship “My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, I had to stop for the night.” The traveler meets his love and gets married “There she stood in the doorway. I heard the mission bell.” A marriage commitment opens up the possibility of happiness but, also, the traveler is aware that he is vulnerable to the possibility of intense unhappiness. “And I was thinking to myself, this could be heaven or this could be hell.”

    Unfortunately the marriage dissolves and his former love becomes obsessed with money “Her mind is Tiffany-twisted” where “Tiffany” refers to the very expensive New York Store, Tiffany & Co.. With the divorce there is the division of property- “she got the Mercedes Benz.” After the breakup when he sees her with any guys she reassures him that the “pretty, pretty boys” are just “friends.” In this new world of being single the other singles he meets do their “dance in the courtyard.” of life. They generally fall into one or the other of two groups. There are those who can’t stop talking about their Ex. “Some dance to remember” and there are those who don’t want to say anything at all about their past marriage “some dance to forget.”

    Now in this world of being divorced he longs to return the pre-divorced state of happiness “So I called up the captain, please bring me my wine” but he finds that his happiness (wine) is now irrevocably in the past “we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine.”

    Deep into the post-divorce single’s scene with “mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice” he is reminded that “we are all just prisoners here, of our own device.” And, yet, he and others want this divorce nightmare to be over, so- “they stab it with their steely knives, but” they can’t become pre-divorced, “they just can’t kill the beast.” Now frustrated he panics and is “running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before.” But he is brought up short when the night man informs him that “You can checkout any time you like,” (commit suicide) “but you can never leave” (become pre-divorced).

    There are two choruses in the song and each mention the “Hotel California.” This reference is to the environment in California around the time the song was written. California was experiencing the highest divorce rate in the nation. Each chorus has lines that remember his past marriage “such a lovely place” and his past lover “such a lovely face.” The first chorus indicates that there can always be more divorces “Plenty of room at the Hotel California, any time of year, you can find it here.” The second chorus points out that, as a part of divorce, you will always “bring your alibis…”

    For a really good rendition see:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=HAM1g0oX4OE

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  • jaffar
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    4 years ago

    Neil Young Lynyrd Skynyrd

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have heard that there was no bad blood between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young. Unsure about the Eagles and Steely Dan though.

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    4 years ago

    Neil Young Sweet Home Alabama

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    Bad blood between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd?

    I heard that Skynyrd called Neil Young out in "Sweet Home Alabama" when they kinda whispered "Southern Man"...anyone know the story behing that?

    Also, I heard the Eagles and Steely Dan werent the best of friends, as the Eagles referenced in Hotel California..."They stab it with their steely...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Neil Young hit a nerve with Lynyrd Skynyrd over his songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" which kind of dissed the south. There was a rumor that Ronnie Van Zandt was buried wearing a Neil Young t-shirt, but it was denied by his family.

  • 1 decade ago

    "I hope Neil Young will remember a southern man don't need him around anyhow." Young had written songs like "Southern Man" and "Alabama," which implied that people in the Southern US were racist and stuck in the past. Skynyrd responded with this, a song about Southern pride and all the good things in Alabama. The feud between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young was always good-natured fun; they were actually big fans of each other.

    The line, "Turn up The Eagles; the neighbors are listening" was inspired by Walter Becker's girlfriend, who loved the Eagles. A year later, the Eagles returned the favor on "Hotel California" with the line, "They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast."

  • 1 decade ago

    Most people have told you what you need to know which is that there was no bad blood.

    On the cover of the Street Survivors album Van Zandt is wearing a Neil Young t-shirt. And Neil Young said he was honored to have anything to do with inspiring Sweet Home Alabama since, in his opinion, it is one of the greatest songs ever.

  • L.F.
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    1 decade ago

    This is a really old story, especially since the main person who is answerable is dead...Ronnie Van Zandt. The song was a defensive response to the songs Alabama and Southern Man. But they were never mad at Neil. Ronnie said he and the band were all huge Neil Young fans, before and after their song.

    The Eagles were talking about cocaine with the "steely knives" line; the whole song Hotel California is about drugs. I think that story was completely made up.

  • 1 decade ago

    They didn't whisper "Neil Young". They sang it. "And I hope Neil Young can remember / A Southern Man don't need him around anyhow"

    They are referencing a song about racism that Young previously wrote, "Southern Man"--it's good, you should listen to it.

    But they weren't mortal enemies. They often supported the other while playing their respective songs via "shout-outs" (I hate that word) and band-t-shirts. They even wanted to play the songs together, but their schedules never allowed it.

    I'm pretty sure Wikipedia tells all about it.

    As for the Eagles...no idea. Sorry.

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