Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

September 2, 2022

“Simple Man” is one of the best-performing hit singles from the Lynyrd Skynyrd album. 

“Simple Man” almost did make it into the Lynyrd Skynyrd album because the producer Al Kooper deemed the song too weak to make the final cut. Clearly, he had misread the situation as the song became one of the best-performing songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Here are a few facts you may not already know.

Fun Facts

  • “Simple Man” is the fourth track on the Lynyrd Skynyrd album.
  • Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington co-wrote the song.
  • “Simple Man” was recorded on April 30, 1973, and released on August 13, 1973.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd was initially called My Backyard until 1969, when they adopted the famous name.
  • In 1977 Van Zant, Steve, and Cassie Gaines were the unfortunate casualties in a plane crash. Van Zant was only 29 years old at the time.
  • The band took a brief break and regrouped in 1987 for a reunion tour. This time John Van Zant was the lead vocalist.
  • The band has been on 17 tours; their last farewell tour was in 2018.

Lyrics 

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 oh yeah

Oh take your time don’t live too fast

Troubles will come and they will pass

Go find a woman yeah and you’ll find love

And don’t forget son there is someone up above

And be a simple kind of man

Oh 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 babe if you try

All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man

Oh 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

Oh yes I will

Oh don’t you worry you’ll find yourself

Follow your heart and nothing else

And you can do this oh babe if you try

All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man

Oh 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

And baby be a simple real simple man

Oh be something you love and understand

Baby be a simple kind of man

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