Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Warm And Inviting “Coming Home” Is Everything You’ve Ever Loved About Southern Rock
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Anyone can write a song and these days it seems like anyone can write a song and hit it big right out of the gate. The real test, however, is the ability of that song to transport you to a different time and place (and no, I don’t mean another place that isn’t playing that particular song anymore!) – and in that regard, Jacksonville natives Lynyrd Skynyrd have always succeeded in spades.
From the songwriting of late singer Ronnie Van Zant to the band’s current incarnation led by the fiercely talented Johnny Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd have spent the better part of half a century crafting songs meant to last a lifetime and their classic “Coming Home” is no different; a warm, inviting tune that tells the tale of every musician who’s ever been on the road and longed for home something fierce, “Coming Home” feels as comfortable and cozy as your favorite t-shirt or worn pair of jeans, welcoming you back home to a place you may have never been before but damn if it doesn’t feel like it.
“Traveling around I’ve had my fill of broken dreams and dirty deals”
Written by Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Allen Collins, this Skynyrd deep cut embodies the very spirit of everything we’ve ever come to love about Southern rock as a whole; with its steady, bouncing bass line and the twinkling of Billy Powell’s piano keys singing a song of their own paired with soaring, sweeping guitar licks and the killer backing harmonies supporting Ronnie’s lead vocal part, “Coming Home” just kind of washes over you like that wave of relief that only comes with being right back at home with mama and daddy again in your small town where no one and nothing could touch you.
Sure, many bands have written songs that will no doubt be around for generations to come, but few have the ability that Lynyrd Skynyrd does when it comes to crafting not just songs to last a lifetime, but a universal feeling to go along with it!