The other side of Skynyrd
February 25, 2010 1:43:40 PM UTC Post #1

This is a discussion of one reason why I feel the band doesn't get enough respect - some people can't seem to get past a literal interpretation of "Sweet Home Alabama" and are like "OMG, Stars and Bars". My sister's one of those, and I figure she's missing out on some great music because of it. Though I'd like LS anyway, that probably enhances my desire to think about and engage in Skynyrd advocacy, even if she in particular doesn't get it.

While I admit I see a bit of truth in that reputation, I remain amazed by how wide Skynyrd's range is/was.

Now I do like Sweet Home Alabama alight, but here's what I suggest in that regard:

“Ballad of Curtis Loew”, their ode to their blues influences, appears to be in direct counterpoint to the popular image.
“Saturday Night Special”. Stereotypical ‘rednecks’ don’t complain about pointless gun violence.
“That Smell” is a blistering lyrical attack on drug habits set to a blistering guitar attack.
“Simple Man” is a great life-advice ballad.
“Was I Right Or Wrong?” is also impressive in its meditative approach.

“Workin’ For MCA” is essentially about when they just started to catch fame, certainly an important experience that success brings along with it. “Am I Losin?” is about contemplation of what fame had caused them to lose.

Even with the kickass upbeat songs: “Gimme Three Steps” is an example; even so, Ronnie is purposely trying to avoid a fight.)


(If someone really doesn't happen to like the music, I'll disagree with them, but that's a different issue.)


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Thanks for the tip, Paul - Skynyrd is one of the most underrated classic rock bands. We in Skynyrd Nation know better.

What rock lost in 10/77 was no less than what it lost in 2/59.

“Some people said he was useless – them people are the fools."

February 25, 2010 1:57:52 PM UTC Post #1

All I can say is , if anyone I know doesn't like Lynyrd Skynyrd--
They can kiss the other side of ME-you know what I'm saying?
Thanks for the post-it was a great read.

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

February 25, 2010 4:40:16 PM UTC Post #2

Yeah, I'm quite pleased to dismiss the opinion of people who don't "get" something that I do "get". LS is one of various examples of that for me.

However, those kinds of attitudes do sometimes get me thinking about why I like such things, ironically further strengthening my interest. This post is an illustration of that.

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Thanks for the tip, Paul - Skynyrd is one of the most underrated classic rock bands. We in Skynyrd Nation know better.

What rock lost in 10/77 was no less than what it lost in 2/59.

“Some people said he was useless – them people are the fools."

February 25, 2010 5:16:51 PM UTC Post #3

I was with my older sister one day when a truck with a stars and bars flag pulled in front of us. She literally shuddered. The thing is, in her little (Northern) patch of the world, that actually is a symbol that you really only see displayed by people who give off a definite white supremacist vibe. I know that isn't the way it is elsewhere, fortunately, but it is life where she lives. And ever since they adopted my niece from Korea 20 some years ago, my sister and her family have had to deal with racism and its pain. So, I understand why she has a knee-jerk negative reaction, and think of it sort of like the negative reaction of someone who has gotten violently ill after eating a particular food. OF COURSE they don't want to go through that again and want to avoid that food. But the rest of us who didn't experience the same thing don't feel the same way.

February 25, 2010 7:47:11 PM UTC Post #4

Yeah, funny you should say that, as we actually are in the North.
Maybe the issue is this: It's a symbol that's abused by some people, represents some good things and some bad things, and unfortunately such people ruin it even for the people using it nonoffensively.

I'm willing to guess that some people think that the stupid-redneck image is more a part of the South than it actually is. On a more serious note, LS has actually helped get that point across to me.
(Thus, some people would misinterpret Southern symbols, whether users or non-users.)

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Thanks for the tip, Paul - Skynyrd is one of the most underrated classic rock bands. We in Skynyrd Nation know better.

What rock lost in 10/77 was no less than what it lost in 2/59.

“Some people said he was useless – them people are the fools."

February 25, 2010 8:07:24 PM UTC Post #5

@RossingtonRules: oh i hear ya loudly and proudly! lmao! love the comment, ........i'm still chuckling! .........................keep the faith ya'll! now can ya'll tuyn it up........ i caint hear that sweet Suthyn Rockin'!

IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW, WOULD YOU STILL REMEMBER ME?

February 26, 2010 6:32:32 AM UTC Post #6

I'm still chuckling too, RR. Be careful, some people who do or don't like LS might take that as an invitation! LOL!

February 26, 2010 8:06:57 AM UTC Post #7

I may have said it more diplomatically than him, but I meant the same exact idea. :)

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Thanks for the tip, Paul - Skynyrd is one of the most underrated classic rock bands. We in Skynyrd Nation know better.

What rock lost in 10/77 was no less than what it lost in 2/59.

“Some people said he was useless – them people are the fools."

February 26, 2010 1:25:31 PM UTC Post #8

Good Post I enjoyed your comments on the particulars of the different songs meanings..so True.Theres a fine line... between politically acceptable things now-a-days.and What America IS..!!! and what it's becoming, that to me isn't what our founding fathers envisioned...that have many Americans afraid to show support for things becuase of the hmm lets say..Liberal things going on in this country that it's easier to say do nothing..than to StandUp and be Counted,,Scott Brown ...TEA PARTY ..ETC..

The Song..."That aint my America" is a great Example of what I'm Talking about.I'll speak for myself ,many of the songs people hear are only what Commercial radio plays or are on the Popular" American Idol" type Genre..ETC..and to that end the Culture of Southern Rock and all it's manifestations, causes many mainstream type people to refrain from showing that type of support for fear of some bit of recrimintaion from the " Populist" types.

So though I/We may travel down different individual paths we're still on the same highways,live in the same Towns/Cities, we have paid taxes for,worked on and driven many road trips down we gotta keep the " Flame" alive and pursue what we know to be True.
The songs ,meanings and lives we strive to achieve and live, can never die as long as we band together no matter what disaster,hardship or times we might encounter.As long as the Ties that bind us together are stronger than those that seek to tear us apart ALL will be Well.....

Take care and God Bless
Happy Trails

February 26, 2010 1:44:21 PM UTC Post #9

Great post, 01776!

February 26, 2010 4:37:23 PM UTC Post #10

I'll 2nd that one ther Trilok, .............. I think That Aint My America.... Says it all ! ! !

LONG LIVE SKYNYRD NATION!!!














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