"The Ballad Of Curtis Loew" as written by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins....
Well, I used to wake the mornin'
Before the rooster crowed
Searchin' for soda bottles
To get myself some dough
Brought 'em down to the corner
Down to the country store
Cash 'em in, and give my money
To a man named Curtis Loew

Old Curt was a black man
With white curly hair
When he had a fifth of wine
He did not have a care
He used to own an old Dobro
Used to play it 'cross his knee
I'd give old Curt my money
He'd play all day for me

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money
Tune up your Dobro
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues

He looked to be sixty
And maybe I was ten
Mama used to whoop me
But I'd go see him again
I'd clap my hands, stomp my feet
Try to stay in time
He'd play me a song or two
Then take another drink of wine

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money
Tune up your Dobro
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues

Yes, sir

On the day old Curtis died
Nobody came to pray
Ol' preacher said some words
And they chunked him in the clay
Well, he lived a lifetime
Playin' the black man's blues
And on the day he lost his life
That's all he had to lose

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, hey Curtis Loew
I wish that you was here so
Everyone would know
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis you're the finest picker
To ever play the blues


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"The Ballad of Curtis Loew" as written by Ronnie Van Zant Allen Collins

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    General Commentused to be a guy i worked with alot like `ol Curtis. he was old, dirty, and incapable of doing much besides push a broom after everyone else was done with work. he didn`t get alot of respect from many people, but i thought he was great. he was the funniest old man i`ve ever known, and could play the guitar faster and better than anyone else i`ve ever seen. he had a thing for oranges, so i`d give him mine from my lunch, then i could turn on the radio, turn it to any song and Old Billy would be playing right along with the radio in no time. incredible man.
    ramtharon March 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a mixture of people.. Shorty Medlocke, and "Teetot"... the black man who taught Hank Williams how to play the guitar.
    muskraton April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read where this is a loose adaptation about Ricky Medlocke's (Lynyrd Skynyrd's current Allen Collins)grandfather Shorty Medlocke.
    MrBreezeon March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the four songs, that no matter how many times i listen to it, i can feel it
    MrTambourineManon January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best skynyrd song
    Painkilleron January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely the best Skynyrd song. Evokes a certain feeling that feels like nothing else that the southern boys have done.
    kgangon January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally a song about many different people that they combined into Curtis Lowe
    kfe2on January 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry I got nothing better but I really love this song.
    TwistedSisteron July 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd never listened to this song more than just in passing until this morning when I was waiting in my car for 'She Talks to Angels' by the Black Crowes to go off and this one came on.
    I listened to it closely this time though and I have to say I find it to be the best Skynyrd song ever...

    There's just something so unspeakable about its greatness. I dunno.

    -=The Prynce
    theprynceon May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song isn't appreciated enough
    firebird17139on May 27, 2007   Link

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