"Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)" 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 will help you some sunny day
Take your time
Don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass
Go 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
Be something you love and understand
Be a simple kind of man
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 if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied

Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow you heart and nothing else
And you can do this if you try
All I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Be a simple kind of man
Won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Lyrics submitted by Foreverlife, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Simple Man" as written by Graham Nash

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentMaybe ppl cover songs because it speaks what they want to write. Maybe they admire the band, or maybe it was a bet. Who really cares! It's an awesome cover, probably the best cover i've ever heard.

    What i will say about the meaning is something i stand firmly on! Skynyrd had a meaning to this song in which only they will understand, and chino will have a meaning to this song in which the deftones will only understand. Musical lyrics aren't always meant for the listener to understand, lets be courteous to both versions and allow both bands to have their own meanings. It's one thing to write a song, it's another to sing it! No one will ever say that J-Cash did a better version of "Hurt" than NIN, only because Trent had a different meaning than J-Cash did. Trent was meant to write it as J-Cash was meant to sing it. Two totally different eras.
    Gothicoyneon January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSkynyrd cover!
    Donnie_Ton December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSkynyrd cover indeed... tho I cant find the rigional.
    I absolutly LOVE this song. Its just... *mosck faints* . The riff is awesumness, the solo kicks ass, n Chino's vocals sound great.
    Guess the meaning is tottaly obvious tho.
    Iowa $evenon January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, why do lotsa people cover this song?
    killswitch916on June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment6 mins 15 seconds of fucking amazing music.
    Phwoar the guitar on this!
    i love it all.
    Amazing cover.
    oh yes.
    Forever?on June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryones coving this song. I prefer this version to the shinedown one. Chino's voice is just beautiful
    babydefon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah the song speaks for itself and i absolutly agree with Iowa $even and killswitch916 lots of people cover lots of songs its not new
    majoramaskon December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSame meaning applies to all versions. Be happy with who you are, and know who you are. fuck everyone else
    DarkAxelon February 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe cover of this song is amazing. Nothing compares to the original but really the way Chino sings it is pretty impressive.
    pressplayon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not at Skynard fan at all, but after hearing the Deftones version of this song, I grew a whole new appreciation for any version. I actually think the serenity in this version is what catches me the most.. it's beautifully done, I love it.
    ashleyinchainson June 11, 2007   Link

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