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OTRC: LL Cool J, Brad Paisley team up for 'Accidental Racist' (Lyrics, poll)

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley appear backstage at the ACM Fan Jam at 'The Orleans' in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the city on April 7, 2013 and aired live on CBS. (Bret Hartman / CBS)

Brad Paisley tackles a sensitive subject on his new album - racism, which has raised a few eyebrows.

The country singer enlisted the help of R&B singer, rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" actor LL Cool J to get his message across in a half country, half rap song titled "Accidental Racist." The track is featured on Paisley's new album, "Wheelhouse," which hits stores on April 9.

Paisley told The Tennessean earlier this month that he began thinking about the song after he was dubbed a "racist" by someone on Twitter for wearing a shirt that depicted an image of Confederate flag, a symbol of the formerly-segregated South that is still seen in parts of the United States.

Paisley has been promoting the album all week online and also at the 2013 ACM Awards, where he performed the new track "Beat This Summer" with John Mayer, who was his guest guitarist at the ceremony on Sunday. LL Cool J introduced them. (Check out PHOTOS of celebrities at the 2013 ACM Awards.)

Paisley, who is from West Virginia, co-wrote "Accidental Racist" with LL Cool J, a native of New York, and songwriter Lee Thomas Miller. The track was leaked online on Monday and spurred criticism by many people Twitter by outlets such as Gawker, which deemed it "horrible" and questioned if it was "some kind of 11th grade AP U.S. History project."

LL Cool J is meanwhile also promoting his own new album, "Authentic," which is set for release on April 30 and features a track with guest guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

Check out the lyrics of "Accidental Racist" below and tell us what you think about it by voting in our poll.

    To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main
    I hope you understand
    When I put on that T-shirt
    The only thing I meant to say is I'm a Skynyrd fan
    The red flag on my chest somehow Is like the elephant in the corner of the South
    And I just walked him right in the room
    Just a proud rebel son with an 'ol can of worms
    Lookin' like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

    I'm just a white man comin' to you from the Southland
    Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be
    I'm proud of where I'm from but not everything we've done
    And it ain't like you and me can re-write history
    Our generation didn't start this nation
    We're still pickin' up the pieces, walkin' on eggshells, fightin' over yesterday
    And caught between southern pride and Southern blame

    They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
    We're still siftin' through the rubble after 150 years
    I try to put myself in your shoes and that's a good place to begin
    But it ain't like I can walk a mile in someone else's skin

    'Cause I'm a white man livin' in the southland
    Just like you I'm more than what you see
    I'm proud of where I'm from but not everything we've done
    And it ain't like you and me can re-write history
    Our generation didn't start this nation
    And we're still paying for mistakes
    That a bunch of folks made long before we came
    And caught between Southern pride and Southern blame

    (LL Cool J)
    Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood
    What the world is really like when you're livin' in the hood
    Just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean I'm up to no good
    You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
    Now my chains are gold but I'm still misunderstood
    I wasn't there when Sherman's March turned the south into firewood
    I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
    Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin' invisible white hoods
    So when I see that white cowboy hat, I'm thinkin' it's not all good
    I guess we're both guilty of judgin' the cover not the book
    I'd love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
    But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn't here

    I'm just a white man
    (If you don't judge my do-rag)
    Comin' to you from the Southland
    (I won't judge your red flag)
    Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be

    I'm proud of where I'm from (If you don't judge my gold chains)
    But not everything we've done
    (I'll forget the iron chains)
    It ain't like you and me can re-write history
    (Can't re-write history baby)

    Oh, Dixieland
    (The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin')
    I hope you understand what this is all about
    (Quite frankly I'm a black Yankee but I've been thinkin' about this lately)
    I'm a son of the new South
    (The past is the past, you feel me)
    And I just want to make things right
    (Let bygones be bygones)
    Where all that's left is Southern pride
    (RIP Robert E. Lee But I've gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
    It's real, it's real
    It's truth

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