Song of the Day: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd (covered by Shinedown)

Once upon a time... by PascalCampion “Simple Man” is the last track on Side A of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album. Leave a Whisper was the debut album of Shinedown, released July 5, 2003, then an enhanced version on June 15, 2004. It featured tracks such as “Fly from the Inside”, “Burning Bright”, “45” and a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Simple Man”.

Lyrics:

Mama told me, when I was young
“Said sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely, to what I say
And if you do this, it will help you some sunny day” Oh yeah

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

“And be a simple kind of man
Hm 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, if you can”

“An’ get your lust from the rich man’s gold
All that you need now, 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”

“And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Won’t you do this for me son, if you can, if you can”

“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 from you my son, is to be satisfied”

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

So baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh won’t you do this for me son if you can

……

Original song by Lynyrd Skynyrd:

The song is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular songs. Since the song became available for digital download, it has become Lynyrd Skynyrd’s third best-selling digital song after “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”. It has sold 1,333,000 copies in the US as of November 2013.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd original of the song was made available to download on April 15, 2008 for use in the Rock Band music gaming platform, and on March 1, 2011 for 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. This song is used as the television theme song to History’s Mountain Men. Mixed martial artist Matt Mitrione uses “Simple Man” as his entrance song. The song was covered by alternative-metal band Deftones, appearing on two of their albums, B-Sides & Rarities (2005) and Covers (2011). The song was also covered by rock band Shinedown off the deluxe edition of their album Leave a Whisper, having an acoustic version and a rock version. The country rock band Confederate Railroad covers the song in the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album Skynyrd Frynds.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Also known as Skynyrd
Origin Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Genres Southern rock, blues rock, hard rock,boogie rock, country rock, roots rock
Years active 1966–1977, 1987–present (Reunion: 1979)
Labels MCA, Atlantic, Capricorn, CMC International, Sanctuary, Universal,Roadrunner/Loud & Proud
Associated acts .38 Special, Van Zant, Rossington-Collins,Allen Collins Band, Skinny Molly, The Outlaws, Strawberry Alarm Clock,Blackfoot, ZZ Top, The Rossington Band,Charlie Daniels
Website lynyrdskynyrd.com
Members Gary Rossington Johnny Van Zant Rickey Medlocke Michael Cartellone Mark Matejka Peter Keys Johnny Colt
Past members Ronnie Van Zant Allen Collins Bob Burns Larry Junstrom Greg T. Walker Leon Wilkeson Billy Powell Ed King Artimus Pyle Steve Gaines Randall Hall (guitarist) Kurt Custer Mike Estes Owen Hale Hughie Thomasson Jeff McAllister Kenny Aronoff Ean Evans Robert Kearns The Honkettes (JoJo Billingsley, Cassie Gaines, Leslie Hawkins)

Shinedown

Origin Jacksonville, Florida
Genres Hard rock, alternative metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Atlantic, Roadrunner
Website http://www.shinedown.com
Members Barry Kerch Brent Smith Zach Myers Eric Bass
Past members Nick Perri Jasin Todd Brad Stewart

image by PascalCampion

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