"Simple Man" as written by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Robert Rossington....
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


Lyrics submitted by SgtPepperLHCB

"Simple Man [*]" as written by Ronnie Van Zant Gary Robert Rossington

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  • +2
    General Commentand it kicked ass then and now
    metallica5699on November 07, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLynyrd Skynyrd was a southern rock band. So, naturally, they're gonna write about growing up in the south. It's a great song, and I actually like Shinedown's version better, because he can hit notes that Ronnie Van Zant only dreamt about (may he rest in peace). It's pretty rare to find a cover that's better than the original, and I think these guys did it.
    SwiftImmortal_1on January 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOhh I love this song they did a really good job on it too. I wish I had this song downloaded. But they did an awsome job on it and Shinedown is awsome!
    Ilove2hate218on June 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok this song is good. he has a fucking awesome voice..i dont get why people want to talk shit on it! ever heard him live?? yeah its awesome..
    i fell in love with this song when i first heard it not the orginal but this one..but both are good..
    iHUMalongon March 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw Shinedown live with 3dd and AlterBridge, and I'm a big fan of the original, and I was blown away by it. On the radio it is AVG, but Live. Live it was Amazing, and since I will never get to see Van Zant do it, this was like a dream. Even an old Southerner in a Steve Miller Band shirt was blown away by it at the Concert. Awesome.
    stwjesteron October 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely one of the best covers of all time.

    I like it better than the original!
    KRAZYT5000on August 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude. they did fucking awesome on
    the remake of this lynard skynard song.
    gothichottiebitch2on April 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazingly done by Shinedown to recreate this song. The acoustic makes you listen to it more and gives it more feeling as with Lynard Skynard's version did an amazing job as well. He actually grew up experiencing it. Great job on both parts.
    Killerhhr1on March 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a really good remake. OMG I cried when I first heard this song!!
    Angry Saron June 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell whats your face above me, i disagree, this a very good acoustic version of the song...i thought it sucked at first, but it grew on me... give it more time
    Coldfrontcoryon October 11, 2004   Link

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