Simple Man Lyrics Explained: A Closer Look

lynyrd skynyrd - simple man
lynyrd skynyrd – simple man

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” is a classic rock ballad that was released as the last track on side one of the band’s debut album in 1973.

The song is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular tracks and has since become the band’s third-best-selling digital song after “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird” .

Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, the song offers words of wisdom from a mother to her son, encouraging him to live a simple and satisfying life.

lynyrd skynyrd simple man lyrics

Verse 1

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, ah yeah”

Break
(Be a simple man)

Verse 2

Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman, yeah, and you’ll find love
And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above

Chorus

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?

Verse 3

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

Chorus

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

[Guitar Solo]

Verse 4

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

Chorus

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?

Outro

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

Facts about simple man lyrics

FactSource
SongwritersRonnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington
Producer(s)Al Kooper
Album(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)
Release dateAugust 13, 1973
GenreSouthern rock, blues rock, hard rock, classic rock
Length5:57
Popular usesFeatured in several movies and TV shows, including “Dazed and Confused” and “The 100”
SalesOne of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular and enduring songs
Digital downloadsBecame Lynyrd Skynyrd’s third best-selling digital song after “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”
ReceptionReceived very positive reviews from music critics and their newly formed fan base
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Sheet music availabilityAvailable for piano, voice, guitar, and other instruments
YouTube viewsOver 146 million views on the official audio video
Lessons and tutorialsAvailable on guitar and piano on various online platforms

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