Lynyrd Skynyrd STUNS with Emotional ‘Simple Man’ Tribute!

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EMOTIONAL Tribute to Ronnie Van Zant!

If this video doesn’t tug at your heart, I’m not sure what will. ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd is our favorite song of all time and for good reason – it’s outstanding!

What strikes me the most about this live rendition of ‘Simple Man’ is the fact that the band has a projection rolling in the background of the band together before the crash. They feel real in a way they haven’t before and combined with what became Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most iconic song, it’s a shock to the system.

Written in 1973, ‘Simple Man’ is always dedicated to late frontman Ronnie Van Zant when performed live.

It’s like we’re seeing the ghosts of the past, coming out to say hello!

Singer Johnny Van Zant agrees, and calls ‘Simple Man’ his favorite song to perform:

“It’s mama talking to you in that song and I think it’s probably one of my favorites if not my favorite to do live. It’s just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one.”

We agree, Johnny. We love that this amazing song is not only a guide on how to live, but an elegy to their lost loved ones.

Rest in peace Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, Steve Gaines, and Dean Kilpatrick!

+ Simple Man lyrics +

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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