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Simple Man by Lynryd Skynyrd (1973)

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"Mama told me when I was young
"Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it'll help you
Some sunny day"....
Lynyrd Skynryd released their debut album (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) on August 13, 1973. It went Gold, selling over one million copies and featured "Free Bird", an absolute live monster hit of the 1970's. "Simple Man" is the last track on side one of this album. Though "Simple Man" is a favorite amongst Skynyrd fans, (their third most downloaded song, behind only "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird") it was never released as a single by the band.
"Simple Man" was written by Ronnie Van Zandt (lead singer) and Gary Rossington (guitar). Shortly after the death of Van Zant's grandmother and Rossington's mother, the two band members got together in Van Zant's apartment and started telling stories about them. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote this classic song in about an hour.