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Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Needle And The Spoon

In this song, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was warning about the dangers of hardcore drugs, which the band was just learning about.

In 2015, Guitar World honored guitarist Allen Collins' solo, and his use of the wah-wah pedal to inject the Southern rock song with a hit of '70s psychedelia, by ranking it at #19 on the magazine's list of greatest wah solos of all time.


Thirty days, lord and thirty nights

I'm comin' home on an airplane flight

Mama waitin' at the ticket line

Tell me son why do you stand there cryin'

It was the needle and the spoon

And a trip to the moon

Took me away, took me away

I've been feelin' so sick inside

Got to get better, lord before I die

Seven doctors couldn't help my head, they said

You better quit son before your dead

With the needle, with the spoon

And a trip to the moon

Gonna take me away, lord gonna take me away

It was the needle and the spoon

I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool

But then again, lord I've seen a lot of fools

Well, I hope you people, lord can hear what I say

You'll have your chance to hit it some day

Don't mess with the needle or a spoon

And a trip to the moon

Well it'll take me away, lord they're going to bury you boy

Don't mess with the needle, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

Songwriters: Allen Collins / Ronnie Van Zant

The Needle and the Spoon lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


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