Sorry for being so coy with the thread title but I didn’t want to put the actual phrase in there.
In the song “Trudy” from the 1974 Charlie Daniels Band album “Fire on the Mountain”, the narrator gets in a fight over a poker game and winds up in jail. At the end of the song he sings:
It took half the cops in Dallas County
Just to put one coon-ass boy in jail.
So, I’m curious about the use of the phrase “coon-ass”. On the surface it would seem to be racist. But since he uses it to refer to himself, I assume it means something like redneck or good ol’ boy? Was this a commonly used phrase in the '70s and earlier to refer to someone from the South?
The following Charlie Daniels Band lyrics are more problematic in my opinion:
Well gather 'round, gather 'round children
Get down, well you can get down children
Get loud, well you can get loud and be proud
Well you can be proud here
Be proud to be a rebel 'cause the South’s gonna do it again
Yes it is
I used to wonder what it was they hoped the South would do again? Secede? Re-institute slavery? Spread the plague of ultra pre-sweetened tea over the land?*