"The Last Rebel" as written by Michael Gerald Lunn, Robert White Johnson, Johnny Van Zant and Gary Rossington....
There's a grey horse standin' still
As a soldier climbs in the saddle for one last ride
As the rain pours off his hat
You can see the shadows of the past written in his eyes

Now the cannons are silent
His friends are all gone
Gotta put it all behind him
If he ever wants to find his way home
He's the last rebel on the road

Just a boy with his old guitar
Keeps to himself but everybody takes him wrong
But he carries on
Got a dream that will never die
Can't change him, no use in stayin' where you don't belong

Now he's rollin' down the highway
Gone too far too fast
No one will ever find him, he'll never look back

[Chorus]
'Cause he's the last rebel
And he's all alone
He's the last rebel
His friends are all gone
He's the last rebel
The last rebel on the road

There'll never be another like him
He's the last of a dying breed
Ain't no use in tryin' to tame him
'Cause he's the last rebel

[Chorus]


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"The Last Rebel" as written by Johnny Van Zant Gary Rossington

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    General Commentobviously it's about the end of the Civil War when the South had very few men left....or if you look at it a different way..it could be about a lone Biker dude just driving down a road all alone....you never know
    LedSkynSabHatcheton October 22, 2008   Link
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    MemoryThis song reminds me a lot bout my father who fought in the lebanese 17-year civil war that was in my opinion the most brutal war ever that resulted in the loss of more than 150000 lebanese lives and in which no one won in the end!!In my opinion my father was and still a hero because he fought for a cause that he believed in and for a change in the unfair lebanese system!
    alexRAMPAGEon July 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSkynyrd Rules! Keep On Rockin'
    mossyoak83on July 18, 2011   Link
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    General Commentoh my, this song is absolutely pretty. Great vocals. suprised there hasn't been any comments.
    xbreakingheartsxon March 22, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI always thought this song was describing Gary Rossington, that last remaining original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Just a boy and his old guitar..."
    RedDogElvison December 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song doesn't necessarily need to be historical.

    A more existential approach might suggest a broader meaning, that of man's isolation in the face of his culture and traditions dying (or being killed) around him. Walker Percy-esque.

    For us Southerners, the song expresses some of the frustrations we feel when witnessing the death of the culture that we love and that defines us. There's a definite, deliberate connection between past and present established in this song. In the beginning, the character is on a horse, in the rain, and images of cannons are evoked, seemingly implying the Civil War era. But in the last verse that really develops the story, the character is on a highway, going very fast on something that "rolls." Sounds like a car, which would be closer to the present.

    Fucking yankees.
    OldSouthon February 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is actually about the whites vs the native Americans. Back then, the native Americans were rebels to the new Americans, who were trying to manifest destiny. When the natives refused to move, the Americans took most of their masses. In the song it mentions “the last of a dying breed”, which could mean confederate soldiers but I highly doubt it, considering natives were considered beasts by Americans. And it says, “just a boy with his old guitar, keeps to himself but everyone takes him wrong”, which I believe is referring to how the natives were innocent people who were mistaken as the enemies.
    Itsaneducatedguesson September 25, 2017   Link

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