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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama - Live 1977




Personnel:


Ronnie Van Zant - vocals

Allen Collins - guitar

Gary Rossington - guitar

Steve Gaines - guitar

Artimus Pyle - drums

Leon Wilkeson - bass

Billy Powell - piano

Cassie Gaines - vocals

Jo Billingsley - vocals

Leslie Hawkins - vocals




Just three and a half months before the fateful plane crash that killed Skynyrd members Steve Gaines, his sister, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (of the Honkettes), and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd played this 4th of July weekend program in Oakland.


While this is only a partial recording of the show, two of the three songs are probably the ones you would skip to anyway: "Sweet Home Alabama" and the legendary closing track that has inspired legions of concert-going yokels to make millions of ironic requests over the years, "Free Bird." The first track is an excerpt of a standard Skynyrd live show cover, Jimmie Rodgers' "T for Texas" The guys take six minutes to stretch their legs on this version of "Sweet Home Alabama." The song had been released three years prior as a response song to the Neil Young numbers "Southern Man" and "Alabama," which were both critical of southern politics. Ironically, by some reports, Van Zant was wearing a Neil Young t-shirt at the time of this performance.





Lyrics


Big wheels keep on turning

Carry me home to see my kin

Singing songs about the Southland

I miss Alabamy once again

And I think it's a sin, yes


Well I heard mister Young sing about her

Well, I heard ole Neil put her down

Well, I hope Neil Young will remember

A Southern man don't need him around anyhow


Sweet home Alabama

Where the skies are so blue

Sweet Home Alabama

Lord, I'm coming home to you


In Birmingham they love the governor (boo, boo, boo)

Now we all did what we could do

Now Watergate does not bother me

Does your conscience bother you?

Tell the truth


Sweet home Alabama

Where the skies are so blue

Sweet Home Alabama

Lord, I'm coming home to you

Here I come Alabama


Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers

And they've been known to pick a song or two

Lord they get me off so much

They pick me up when I'm feeling blue

Now how about you?


Sweet home Alabama

Where the skies are so blue

Sweet Home Alabama

Lord, I'm coming home to you


Sweet home Alabama

Oh sweet home baby

Where the skies are so blue

And the guv'nor's true

Sweet Home Alabama

Lordy

Lord, I'm coming home to you

Yea, yea Montgomery's got the answer






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