"That Smell" as written by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins....
Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
Oak tree you're in my way
There's too much coke and too much smoke
Look what's going on inside you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Angel of darkness is upon you
Stuck a needle in your arm
So take another toke, have a blow for your nose
And one more drink fool, will drown you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Now they call you Prince Charming
Can't speak a word when you're full of 'ludes
Say you'll be all right come tomorrow
But tomorrow might not be here for you

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Hey, you're a fool, you (2:30)
Go on stick them needles in your arm (2:34)

I know I been there before (2:50)

One little problem that confronts you (3:28)
Got a monkey on your back
Just one more fix, Lord might do the trick
One hell of a price for you to get your kicks

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Hey, you're a fool, you
Go on stick those needles in your arm
You're just a fool, just a fool, just a fool


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"That Smell" as written by Bobby/hicks Womack

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    General CommentActually the song was written about one of the original guitarists of Skynyrd, Allen Collins, who wrecked (or should i say wrapped his brand new car around an oak tree cause he was real messed up (alchohol).
    bahablazeon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat does the "smell of death" smell like?
    Bite Meon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoak and metal, with a trace of alcohol
    lacent stuarton June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHe was also addicted to drugs and the rest of the band wanted to put a stop to it. Hence the refrenced to drugs and not just alcohol.
    Muzzyon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFirst off guys,you must not know Skynyrd history.Allen Collins had the wreck after the plane crash,and Ronnie Van Zant wrote the song,so apparently it cant be about Colins' wreck.Although,it is about Ronnie being fed up with Artimus and Allen's shooting up and drinking.
    SouthernMetalheadon March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSpot on SouthernMetalHead, the song is about Gary Rossington.

    Prince Charming - Gary was always popular with the ladies, so history goes!

    I'm not sure about the Artimus and Collins thing, if so, I never heard it before.
    dannyloweryon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthey fuck heads this song is about garry rossington gettin in a car accident with an oak tree watch fukin behind the music or free bird the movie
    A_fukin_Jon May 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think everything was getting out of control with Gary, they thought. Heroin, Blow, Qualudes ('ludes), and way too much drinking.
    discgoon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfirst off u all need to shut the fuck up and let a real skynyrd fan tell u the meaning its like this its about gary getting fucked up and wrapping his new car around an oak tree and the guy in the car with him dying so FUCK OFF dumbshits
    team_heckleron November 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song still fucking rocks no matter who died. If you ever listened to this song fucked up it would make you realize man. SICK SHIT.
    Brokenzeroon November 29, 2004   Link

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