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Tom Neilson 2018
July 11, 2020
Story behind the song
The Daughters Of the Confederacy gave a statue of a confederate soldier, called "Silent Sam" to UNC. After requests to remove the statue were denied, the statue was toppled.
The Daughters of the Confederacy
Gave silent Sam to UNC
For ancestors fallen long ago
And the robes and hoods of ole Jim Crow.
Governor Cooper, I heard him say
That Silent Sam should be taken away
This symbol of white supremacy
Has no place at UNC
But the school has no authority
To relocate unilaterally
So at 9:20 pm on a Monday night
Sam was toppled from the site.
Now the governor said the approach was wrong
Maybe should have sung a protest song
Well, it was wrong to cross Edmund Pettis Bridge
It was wrong to march every time we did
It was wrong to vote and go to school
It was wrong to question whitey rule
It was wrong to sit at the five and dime
It is wrong every time we cross their line.
Yeh, maybe the school, after all was right
We shouldnt have toppled Sam that night
Cause hes a symbol of Carolina ancestry
And that brings back a memory
Ahmemory, less time forgot
Some swung while others tied the knot