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2004.12.16

Leroy the Un-P.C. Reindeer

Leroy The Redneck Reindeer
As performed by Joe Diffie
Written by Joe Diffie, Steve Pippin, and Stacey Slate

Well you've all heard the story
About Rudolph and his nose
But I'll tell you a Christmas tale
That never has been told
Well you may think you've heard it all
But you ain't heard nothin' yet
About that crazy Christmas
That the North Pole can't forget

Rudolph was under the weather
And had to call in sick
So he got on the horn
To his cousin Leroy
Who lived out in the sticks
He said "Santa's really counting on me
And I hate to pass the buck"
Leroy said "Hey I'm on my way"
And he jumped in his pick-up truck

When Leroy got to the North Pole
All the reindeer snickered and laughed
They never seen a deer in overalls
And a John Deer tractor hat
Well Santa stepped in
And said "Just calm down
'cause we all got a job to do
Like it or not Leroy's in charge
And he's gonna be leadin' you"

And it was Leroy The Redneck Reindeer
Hooked to the front of the sleigh
Delivering toys to all the good ol' boys
And girls along the way
He's just a down home party animal
Two Steppin' all across the sky
He mixed jingle bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night

Before that night was over
Leroy had changed there tune
He had 'em scootin' a hoof
On every roof
By the light of a neon moon
Santa wrapped his bag with the Dixie flag
He as having the time of his life
You could here him call
"Merry Christmas Y'all
And all of y'all a goodnight"

And it was Leroy The Redneck Reindeer
Hooked to the front of the sleigh
Delivering toys to all the good ol' boys
And girls along the way
He's just a down home party animal
Two Steppin' all across the sky
He mixed jingle bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night

He mixed Jingle Bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night

Buy it here.   [Update 12/17: Listen to it here or here. See my notes below.]

I would have gotten around to posting this anyway, but now that I've seen this it can't wait any longer:

The lyrics of a satirical Christmas song are brewing controversy at a local school. One parent says the words are racist. School officials in the town of Onalaska say it's just a big misunderstanding

The song is called "Leroy, the Redneck Reindeer." There are no direct references to racism in it, but one mom says discrimination is embedded in the lyrics. And she wants the song out of the school pageant.

[...]

This in one ol' boy who's had enough Political Correctness to last him a lifetime and then some. "Johnny Reb" fought all the way for a cause he believed in, and he fought as bravely as any warrior in history. The cause he fought for was States' Rights, not slavery. His descendents have every right to be proud of the battle he fought, and to fly the Stars and Bars in his memory. That "Dixie flag" isn't about slavery, it's about redneck pride, and it's going to be around a long, long time. Like it or get over it.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

Update: Michelle just linked to this post. Here's hoping the server can deal with it.

Update 2:  I've found enough minor variations on these lyrics on the web to justify saying they're "in the public domain" but not a one that doesn't contain obvious typos or formatting errors. I've just replaced the excerpt and link I had posted earlier with my best shot at what it's really supposed to look like. To form your own opinion I suggest going to this Google page and reading a few of the versions that come up.

Update 3 20004.12.17.05:53:  Added the "Listen to it here" link above based on a tip from my friend Mary Ann. The page that links to also has a good enough listing of the lyrics that if I'd known about it yesterday I'd have linked to it instead of posting the whole thing on my blog.

Update 4 2004.12.17.06:32: I finally figured out the right Google search terms to find out who wrote this and added the information near the top of this post. Learn more about Joe Diffie at his web site.

Posted by Bill Faith on December 16, 2004 at 07:32 AM in Christmas, Music | Permalink


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I read the lyrics of Rudolf the Redneck reindeer written by Joe Diffie, and the mention of a 'Dixie Flag' Automatically means it is the Confederate Battle flag ? This is rediculous, who's to say it is not the 'Bonnie Blue' Flag, or the 'Stainless Banner' all of which has equal importance. But like there rhetoric the liberals are just as lacking in His tory. Of course, who could expect any- thing more from a bunch of pointy-headed ACLU nitwits, who read the constitution and totally miss amendment number 2 and they call themselves constitution lawyers they nothing more than a bunch of Hate- America first lawyers trying to force their left wing agenda down everyones throat But during this past election, geroge Clooney's father ran for congress in Kentucky, and was soundly beaten by a Man with the name of Georr Davis, I thought the irony of this is so stark. Have a 'Dixie' day y'all

Posted by: Mark | Dec 16, 2004 10:22:41 AM

I just accidentally deleted "dedgeorge"'s comment on this post. It said:

I had NO IDEA that rednecks were a "RACE"...............

To the unnamed "one mom" -- I suspect you are a Southroon Supremacist
hiding as a LIE-beral --

"Grow up and SHUT UP!!!!"

Posted by: Bill Faith | Dec 16, 2004 1:41:59 PM

I am a Yankee from upstate NY living in Virginia. I have always thought that the display of the Confederate flag was symbolic of people with diverse view points that form the fabric of our nation as a whole. It is part of who we are. It should continue to fly proudly. It's a momento of a hard fought civil war. When General Lee surrendered his troops at Appomatix, General Grant called his Northern troops to attention and saluted their march in. The Confederates had fought bravely and fercely for their cause of states rights but they were still our brothers. We should continue to do the same. The South is the region of the country that has come the farthest in achieving the ideals of out country. What region has the most progress in diversity in education, government, law enforcement, religeous expression? What region sends the most volunteers to fight in all the armed services to preserve the America way for everybody? The same axiom of immigration applies to all of American culture; America is not a soup, its a salad. I love my country and all of its parts. The Confederate flag was the national flag of the south but now its one of our flags. It stands proudly with the Sons of Liberty Flag and the "Don't Tread On Me" Viper Flag. I stand and salute with my hand over my heart when I hear the Star Spangled Banner. But I also stand when I hear Dixie. God bless the South. God bless the United States.

Posted by: Robert Lamanque | Dec 16, 2004 2:11:48 PM

Leroy, you GO, Boy! Another take on the Dixie flag, the Confederate flag or the Stars and Bars... SOME Americans, myself included, had forebears on BOTH SIDES of the Civil War! We find it poignant and beautiful to know that, when Grant had formally saluted and graciously accepted the surrender of his erstwhile enemy, he stepped outside and ordered in a loud, clear voice: "Don't cheer, Boys! They're our brothers once again!" and the Union troops held their braying tongues for the moment. So I don't care, North or South, you'll find the rolls of enlisted showing the proud name, Hooper. That's me, Kerry Dean... HOOPER, a spiritual descendent of William (Signer) Hooper, who pledged his life, his honor and his worldly goods for his fellow Americans, and their independence! I have NO PATIENCE for whiners who want to poison the sacrifices and values given us by the blood, sweat and tears of those voices on the wind, those who went before! God Bless America, laughing with Leroy!

Posted by: Carridine | Dec 17, 2004 3:22:03 AM

i don't think it is good to have such a song at a school event. i would be upset if it were talking about the "ghetto raindeer". so if it offends why not just choose another song. i don't see this as an issue of "liberal" or "conservative" but consideration for others.

Posted by: representer | Dec 17, 2004 3:25:08 AM

Re: Carradine's remarks. It is very important that the children be allowed to sing "Leroy". There is an old Iroquois parable generally attributed to be about Chief Red Jacket (Joseph Brandt). At a meeting, before the American Revolution, about purchasing land a settler official was sitting on a fairly long log. The chief took a seat next to the man, a bit too snug for the settler's comfort. So, the man smiled, and moved further down the log. The chief moved next to him again and again the man adjusted. This continued until the Englishman cried out, "Chief, Please, I am at the end and have no where to go!" "So it is with the Iroquois lands." was the reply. My point is this. We have to stop being moved over. Look what is happening to Christmas. A celebration of OUR Christian heritage. Consideration or tolerance is a two way street. PC is wrong. We should not all be alike. It is part of education to expose our youngsters to these differences. We must be accepting and courteous about other peoples’ backgrounds. Celebrate Diversity is best celebrated by showing off our differences not ignoring them. In doing so the strength of our national fabric which is made up of many strands will be appreciated. I think if someone has a song "ghetto reindeer", it should be published. It would probably be a hoot. Did you ever hear "Don't Care Who You Are Old Fatso get those reindeer off my roof"? How about Pearl Bailey singing "A five pound box of money". Did anyone rise up against that? No we all had fun. Let the kids have fun with Leroy. Chill a little.

Posted by: Robert Lamanque | Dec 17, 2004 2:53:25 PM

Does anyone know who wrote "Don't care who you are fatso?" I'm looking for it for my grandfather and can't find it

Posted by: Kristen | Dec 31, 2006 5:11:03 PM

to kristen... I know it's been a while, but I just came across this blog. Augie Rios sings that song. I've been looking for it for my grandfather too. Good luck because I sure can't find it!

Posted by: nikole | Dec 24, 2007 10:30:46 AM

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