Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, shown in 1973
Lynyrd Skynyrd, shown in 1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd is a Southern Rock band, formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964. The band became prominent in the Southern United States in 1973, and rose to worldwide recognition before three members and one road crew member died in an airplane crash in 1977. The band reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother Johnny as the frontman.


Song lyrics[edit]

(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) (1973)[edit]

  • Train roll on, on down the line,
    Won't you please take me far away?
    Now I feel the wind blow outside my door,
    Means I'm, I'm leaving my woman at home.
    Lord yeah, Tuesday's gone with the wind.
    My baby's gone with the wind, the wind.
  • I was scared and fearing for my life,
    I was shakin' like a leaf on a tree.
    'Cause he was lean, mean,
    Big and bad, Lord
    Pointin' that gun at me.

    Oh, wait a minute, Mister
    I didn't even kiss her
    Don't want no trouble with you
    And I know you don't owe me
    But I wish you would let me
    Ask one favor from you.

  • Well, the crowd cleared away
    And I began to pray
    And the water fell on the floor
    And I'm telling you son
    Well, it ain't no fun
    Staring straight down a forty-four.

    Well, he turned and screamed at Linda Lou
    And that's the break I was looking for.
    And you could hear me screaming a mile away,
    As I was headed out towards the door.

    • Gimme Three Steps
  • Oh, take your time don't live too fast.
    Troubles will come and they will pass.
    Go find a woman you'll find love
    And don't forget son there is someone up above.

    And be a simple kind of man
    Be something you love and understand
    Baby be a simple kind of man
    Oh, won't you do this for me son if you can?

  • Forget your lust for the rich man's gold,
    All that you need is in your soul.
    And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
    All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied.
    • Simple Man
  • Boy, don't you worry you'll find yourself
    Follow your heart and nothing else
    And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
    All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied.
    • Simple Man
  • Well, have you ever lived down in the ghetto?
    Have you ever felt that cold wind blow?
    Well, if you don't know what I mean
    Won't you stand up and scream?
    Cause there's things goin' on that you don't know.
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now.
And this bird, you cannot change.
  • If I leave here tomorrow
    Would you still remember me?
    For I must be traveling on, now
    'Cause there's too many places
    I've got to see.

    But, if I stayed here with you, girl
    Things just couldn't be the same.
    'Cause I'm as free as a bird now.
    And this bird, you cannot change.

    • Free Bird, written by Allen Collins & Ronnie Van Zant

Second Helping (1974)[edit]

Sweet Home Alabama,
Where the skies are so blue.
  • Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry me home to see my kin.
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again.
  • Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her.
    Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down.
    Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
    A Southern man don't need him around anyhow.
    • Sweet Home Alabama
  • In Birmingham, they love the governor (Boo boo boo)
    Now we all did what we could do
    Now Watergate does not bother me
    Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth
    • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Sweet Home Alabama,
    Where the skies are so blue.
    Sweet Home Alabama,
    Lord, I'm coming home to you.
    • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Well, every time that I come home nobody wants to let me be.
    It seems that all the friends I've got, just got to come, interrogate me.
    Well, I appreciate your feelings and I don't want to pass you by.
    But I don't ask you about your business, don't ask me about mine.
  • Play me a song Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew.
    Well I got your drinking money, tune up your Dobro.
    People said he was useless, them people are the fools.
    'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker to ever play the blues.
  • I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool.
    But then again, Lord I've seen a lot of fools.
    Well, I hope you people, Lord can hear what I say.
    You'll have your chance to hit it some day.

    Don't mess with the needle or a spoon
    Or any trip to the moon.
    It'll take you away.

    • The Needle and the Spoon, written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
  • Well now, they call me the breeze
    I keep blowin' down the road.
    I ain't got me nobody
    I don't carry me no load.
    Ain't no change in the weather
    Ain't no changes in me.

Nuthin' Fancy (1975)[edit]

  • It's the Saturday night special
    Got a barrel that's blue and cold.
    Ain't good for nothin'
    But put a man six feet in a hole.
  • Well, when I first met you, baby, you was a red light girl.
    But I tried to take you to a better world.
    But you would not listen.
    Still you think I am a fool.
    Well, you had it made in the shade, baby.
    Don't let that tree fall down on you.

Gimme Back My Bullets (1976)[edit]

  • Well, I've been ridin' a winning horse for a long, long time.
    And sometimes I wonder, is this the end of the line?
    No one should take advantage of who they are.
    No man has got it made; if he thinks he does, he's wrong.

    Every mother's son
    Better hear what I say.
    Every mother's son
    Will rise and fall someday

    • Every Mother's Son, written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
  • Well this life that I've lead has took me everywhere
    There ain't no place I ain't never gone
    But its kind of like the saying that you heard so many times
    Well there just ain't no place like home.
  • And Lord I can't make any changes;
    All I can do is write 'em in a song.
    'Cause what I can see is the concrete slowly creepin'.
    Lord take me and mine before that comes.
    • All I Can Do Is Write About It

Street Survivors (1977)[edit]

  • Back at the hotel,
    Lord we got such a mess.
    It seems that one of the crew
    Had a go with one of the guests, oh yes.
    Well, the police said we can't drink in the bar,
    What a shame.
    Won't you come upstairs girl,
    And have a drink of champagne?
  • 9 o'clock the next day
    And I'm ready to go.
    I got six hundred miles to ride
    To do one more show, oh no.
    Can I get you a taxi home?
    It sure was grand.
    When I come back here next year
    I wanna see you again.
    • What's Your Name?
  • Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
    Oak tree you're in my way
    There's too much coke and too much smoke
    Look what's going on inside you.
    Ooooh that smell.
    Can't you smell that smell?
    Ooooh that smell.
    The smell of death surrounds you.
    • That Smell, written by Allen Collins & Ronnie Van Zant
  • Seems so long I been out on my own;
    Travel light and I'm always alone.
    Guess I was born with a travelin' bone.
    When my times up, I'll hold my own;
    You won't find me in an old folks home

Skynyrd's First and... Last (1978)[edit]

  • Well, have you ever lived down in that ghetto?
    Have you ever felt that cold wind blow?
    Well, if you don't know what I mean,
    Won't you stand up and scream?
    'Cause there's things goin' on that you don't know.

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