Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd song)

Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd song)

Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd song)

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"Simple Man"
Song by Lynyrd Skynyrd from the album Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd
Released 1973
Recorded April 30, 1973 at Studio One, Doraville, Georgia
Genre Southern rock, hard rock
Length 5:57 (album version)
6:39 (live version)
Label Atlantic Records
Writer Ronnie Van Zant
Gary Rossington
Producer Al Kooper

"Simple Man" is the last track on Side A of Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album, Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd.



Cover versions

The band Shinedown recorded an acoustic version for their first studio album, Leave a Whisper for the re-release in 2004. Deftones included a rendition on their compilation album B-Sides & Rarities, and a version by Alessi's Ark appeared on a bonus disc issued with the 2009 Notes from the Treehouse album. Gov't Mule had a cover version on their live album Mulennium. Enough To Argue recorded an acoustic version live on the 99.1 Kate & Caragh radio show. Boondox and Bukshot did a rap cover of this song on The Underground Avengers EP.

Live performance popularity

Frontman Johnny Van Zant discussed this song in a track-by-track commentary to promote the band's 2010 CD/DVD Live From Freedom Hall. He said: "Well that's a great song and something that I think we all live by. I think anybody out there needs to respect their mother, and the words of their mother. It's mama talking to you in that song and I think it's probably one of my favorite's if not my favorite to do live. It's just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one."

Rock Band Music Gaming Platform

The Lynyrd Skynyrd original of the song was made available to download on March 1, 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to up to three-part harmony vocals.[1]


Author:Bling King
Published:May 13th 2013
Modified:May 13th 2013

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