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The Song “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Little Known Fact #14

Bonus Material – A rare video of the original band playing the song live, along with the complete set of written lyrics 

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an iconic Southern American band.

In their heydays of the 1970s, the band, under the direction of lead vocalist and founder Ronnie Van Zant, with guitarist Gary Rossington, guitarist Allen Collins, bass guitarist Larry Junstrom, and drummer Bob Burns, recorded such timeless classic hits as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Their story of success came to a sudden and tragic end on October 20, 1977, when their chartered tour plane crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines on impact.

6 people in all were killed in the crash while 20 of the plane’s 26 passengers and crew somehow managed to survive with varying degrees of injury.

Under the direction of co-founder, guitarist Gary Rossington, the band reformed in 1987 and continues to tour to this day.

The Song “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Little Known Fact #14 BONUS MATERIALThe complete lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama,” Circa 1976, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

https://youtu.be/izDF26wqI0M

1, 2, 3

Turn it up

Big wheels keep on turning,

Carry me home to see my kin

Singing songs about the Southland

I miss Alabama once again,

And I think it’s a sin, yea

Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her

Well, I heard ol’ 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

Ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers,

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

(Yes, they do!)

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 governor’s true

Sweet home Alabama, Lord.

Lord, I’m coming home to you, yeah yeah…

Montgomery’s got the answer

1, 2, 3

Turn it up

Big wheels keep on turning,

Carry me home to see my kin

Singing songs about the Southland

I miss Alabama once again,

And I think it’s a sin, yea

Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her

Well, I heard ol’ 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

Ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama, ah ah ah

Alabama

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers,

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

(Yes, they do!)

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 governor’s true

Sweet home Alabama, Lord.

Lord, I’m coming home to you, yeah yeah…

Montgomery’s got the answer

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Responses

  1. I like the song but I didn’t know anything about the band including the lead singer’s tragic death. Thank you for sharing this. The lyrics seem to be connected to his death…