This a stanza from the song Talkin' karate blues by Townes Van Zandt:

I said, "I believe I better go check another place"
he said, "Ha so, Yankee don't like my race"
I said, "Now there's a mistake man, and that's true
I've been for you you japanese all along
you japanese just can't do no wrong
and I thought you got mighty dirty deal in World War II."

But I'm not sure what it means. After that been is there any hidden verb?

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It's an idiom: to be for someone is to be on that person's side, to cheer for that person's success. It's opposite has the same structure: to be against somebody is to be opposed to that person, to hope that person fails.

  • so, is he saying that he agrees with what the teacher said? I'm note sure if he is with the teacher in question of opinion or not being a racist.
    – Apprentice
    Jun 13, 2015 at 2:55
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    He is disagreeing with the teacher's statement that TVZ "don't like my race". On the contrary, says TVZ, I was for you Japanese all along. Jun 13, 2015 at 3:01

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