ATLANTA-- The YouTube video starts with a young woman and a guitar standing in the middle of an icy road. The lyrics start, "My southern bones weren't made for this cold." But it then she hits a nerve that keeps you listening: "So think twice before you accuse, and say we don't know how to drive. While you're pointing your fingers, we're keeping each other alive."
Devon Williams is from Augusta, the area hit hardest by this week's ice storms. "I have family there that still don't have power," she told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe. She now lives in Atlanta with her sister and eight kids.
While families across Georgia battled cabin fever by building snowmen, Williams wrote the song. The 26-year-old occupational therapist said she was tired of hearing people in other parts of the nation dismiss the South. "It wasn't just another little snow flurry. These were two major events two weeks apart."
"I heard a lot of people say, Oh, they don't know what they're doing, but what I thought we did was pretty amazing. People didn't have to open their doors to strangers, they didn't have to open their businesses to keep people warm, but they did."
The song is based, in part, on what she saw in Atlanta two weeks ago and in part from the stories now coming out of Augusta.
"Doctors walking miles in the snow to help save a life, parents walking to school to be with their kids at night," she sings to the background noise of ice melting off the trees. How do you end a song to those dismissing you? Every southern girl knows: "So, God Bless Y'all from down here in Dixie."