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

"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"

"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"

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


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

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  • +7
    General Commentwhat? no one wrote a comment about this song? this song is one of the best lynyrd skynyrd songs around. its a great song to play pool with and a great driving song. and if you listen to the words carefully you can kinda catch the drift of what the song is about, its about how to live and how to love. that's what i get outta it. long live Lynyrd skynyrd! long live rock and roll!!!
    njrockstarbanditon May 30, 2002   Link
  • +6
    My Opinioni cant believe so many people on here say they 1st heard it from a movie soundtrack. come on peoplke were you all born and raised in a friggin cave? skynyrd will never die. not even a plane crash can kill them off...rock on!
    mossyoak83on July 21, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentBasically, live your life so that you'll love yourself for everything you do. Don't worry about worldly things, they come and go. Only do what you want to do, follow your heart, and be proud of all of your accomplishments.
    Tuesdayz_goneon June 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti just want to say that this song helped me in so many ways .while i was in iraq this song help me remember i have to be strong to stay alive so as to come home to my famaly.on top of the fact that it is the best song ever written.
    cloud90210on December 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song has played a major role in my life. Anytime I ever felt like something wouldnt happen or work out for the best, this song always reminded me to be optimistic and try to see the good in life.
    Lateralus518on September 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionGreat song. I listen to it when I'm frustrated or depressed, for example, after a terrorist attack, or a major political/sports scandal.
    WillieBoydon December 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one makes me cry *sniff*. Seriously there have been times in my life (loss of a job, failure of some other sort) where this song has really gotten me back on track. It reminds you me that all the stuff we collect doesn't mean a thing in the end. Only your integrity, your friends, and your soul matter. Don't lose them.
    solspideron March 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAny only child should recognise the lyrics of this song here. For me, many's the time that my mam and I have sat and talked like that. An amazing song and one that I can seriously relate to.
    CARNLOUon September 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"be something you love and understand"
    Hard as Simple ...
    Paymaanon April 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeard this song for the 1st time on a beer commercial...sucks thats how I found out about it. I just went through something huge in my life and this song made me feel like I made the right choices..."Troubles will come and they will pass" is right on. Nothing like some Skynyrd to feel good about music and yourself.
    alan28on June 29, 2002   Link

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