"The Needle and the Spoon" as written by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins....
Thirty days, Lord and thirty nights
I'm comin' home on an airplane flight
Mama waitin' at the ticket line
"Tell me son why do you stand there cryin'?"

It was the needle and the spoon
And a trip to the moon
Took me away, took me away

I've been feelin' so sick inside
Got to get better, Lord before I die
Seven doctors couldn't help my head, they said
"You better quit, son before you're dead"

Quit the needle, quit the spoon
Quit the trip to the moon
We're gonna take you away
Lord, we're gonna take you away

It was the needle and the spoon

I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool
But then again, lord I've seen a lot of fools
Well, I hope you people, Lord can hear what I say
You'll have your chance to hit it some day

Don't mess with the needle or a spoon
Or any trip to the moon
It'll take you away

Lord, they're gonna bury Your boy
Don't mess with the needle
Now I know


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"The Needle and the Spoon" as written by Ronnie Van Zant Allen Collins

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    General CommentGreat song. Along that same line of other Skynyrd songs. "Don't get involved with this, it'll do you in." Case in point: Saturday Night Special, Poison Whiskey, That Smell."
    skiguskion November 18, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool, But then again, lord I've seen a lot of fools"

    my motto
    MrTambourineManon December 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentheroin ?
    Carlos21on April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanother great skynard song. surprised on the number of comments. i think its about how he's lost so many of his friends to drugs. Kind of hipicritical for skynard to be writing antidrug songs though.
    Skynyrd boyon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat's the thing about drugs you can't hate them and still not be able to get away from them. favorite skynyrd tune.
    pakaloloon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the other posters. Anti-drugs.
    Love the line:-
    "I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool
    But then again I've seen a lot of fools"
    How very true.
    chrisb1on July 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat's what I'm going to guess. But I don't think he directly means heroine. Just a way of saying all drugs.
    RiversideGuitariston November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah well skynyrd used drugs but I'm pretty sure they never messed with smack. It wasn't mentioned in their bio. An awesome song with a good message and a wonderful solo by Alan. The live version is best.
    XxFreebirdxXon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is not specifically about heroin, it's more of a "Slow down before youre dead, Rockstar." song.
    CTDIDDY2k7on June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthaha it's definitely heroin, "the needle and the spoon"

    They weren't exactly subtle about it.
    jnsnonbrdon October 30, 2007   Link

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