Southern Sympathizer

from by Elizabeth Hummel

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    It’s About Time was many years in the making. The songs span most of my songwriting career, from Aphrodite (1986) to Time and Experience (2014). There is a lot of love in this album! The songs cover a lot of ground, but carry a common theme of living life fully, engaging to the max in the blink of time we are here. I am grateful to my friends and fellow musicians who put their heart and brilliance into this recording with me. Here’s hoping this music will help you heal, grow, love, and experience your own life more fully.

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This song is basically Romeo and Juliette, set during the American Civil War. It draws on family stories about a Confederate ghost showing up near the Mason Dixon line, ancestors who fought on the side of the North in the Civil War. I have re-purposed the term "Southern Sympathizer," which was used during that war to describe people from the North who secretly supported the cause of the South. The girl in the song has brothers fighting for the North, but she is in love with a Southern boy. Love in a war zone. .

lyrics

I want to give you the blue plate special
But honey child, you know that I'm not from the South
I need a chest for my head to nestle
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth

I am no harlot, I am no vixen
But honey child, you know that I got my ways
I live right here on the Mason Dixon
Where the battle will be raging half an hour away
Will you brave it till the morning with your sweet Liza Jane?

And when this cruel world is finally ended
I'll keep you in my bed beyond the break of day
For there's a garden that must be tended
Will you take me down to Dixie with your wicked ways?
Will you take me down to Dixie with your wicked ways?

I want to give you the blue plate special
But honey child, you know that I'm not from the South
There is no devil that I won't wrestle
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth

credits

from It's About Time, released July 12, 2014
Elizabeth: vocs and guitar
Reva Wittenberg: vocs
John Nasan: acoustic guitar
Jon Green: upright bass
Robin Toye: drums
Brian Castillo: electric bass, engineering

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