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|Single by Lamb of God|
|from the album Sacrament|
|Lamb of God singles chronology|
"Redneck" is the seventh single from the heavy metal band Lamb of God, from their fourth album Sacrament, as well as the first single from the album. A music video was also produced for the song. Vocalist Randy Blythe described the song's meaning in an interview with the magazine Metal Hammer:
- "Generally, it's not about any one person in particular. It's about people in the music industry whose egos become needlessly inflated and they show it. It's a general song. It's applicable to anyone in their life. If a fan thinks, 'Oh, well, this guy is a prick,' go ahead and take it and make it yours."
However, in 2009 in an interview with Guitar World, guitarist Mark Morton revealed that the song was, in fact, written about lead singer Blythe. He made it clear in this quote about the song.
- "It's pretty clear to everyone who the song [Redneck] is about. Just watch the Killadelphia DVD, and you'll see what was going on. I love Randy like a brother, but that doesn't mean we don't have our problems. So if I have to be the one to say something, then I will. And if that means that someone's gonna get punched in the mouth, then someone's gonna get punched in the mouth... And if that means someone's going to have to sing a lyric about themselves, then they're gonna sing a lyric about themselves."
The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 2007. It appeared as Brian Posehn's introductory song on the Comedy Central "Roast of Bob Saget" and is featured on the track listing of THQ's Saints Row 2 and SCEA's ATV Offroad Fury 4 video games.
The music video begins with a little girl named Mary Jane, whose birthday is near, her mother decides that this year instead of her father playing music they should "hire some professional entertainment" and looks at the yellow pages for a band. The band ad she sees is Lamb of God's, and thinking they're a Christian band she hires them. The next scene is a nice suburban birthday party for small children, one that is abruptly disturbed and eventually ruined as Lamb of God's tour bus arrives, full of scantily clad groupies and marijuana. The band and crew make themselves at home, trashing everything in their way, and continue to set up a stage, regardless of the obvious displeasure of the neighborhood. They play the rest of the song on stage, everyone but little Mary begins to flee from the aggressive metal sound, the video ends with the singer Randy Blythe falling into a kiddie pool and Mary laughing.
The video received moderate airplay.
- "Redneck" (album version) - 3:40
- "Redneck" (edited version) - 3:41
- "Omerta" (live) - 4:48
- "Black Label" (live) - 4:57