I'm an amateur musician trying to start a cover band. I've been playing other people's music for a long time, I've given a crack at writing myself but I was only able to write one good song and it took me 10 years!!! (and the writing process sucked heavily) Besides I feel the message I'm trying to carry has already been said thousands/millions of times before.
I'm not looking to make any profit, as I didn't put in the work to write the song. My plan is to put the songs on reverbnation for free or play for free at local shows if the project gets that far.
Anyways one of the songs I'm looking to cover is Simple Man, I was wondering how would I go about getting the permission of the band to cover the song.