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(Gary Rossington - Ronnie VanZant)

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It'll help you some sunny day. Oh Yah!
Oh, take your time... Don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
You'll find a woman, yea yea, you'll find love,
And don't forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple, kind of man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust, for the rich man's gold
All that you need, is in your soul,
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.


Boy, don't you worry... you'll find yourself.
Follow your heart, lord, and nothing else.
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.


Baby be a simple, be a simple man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man. (Fade out)

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    Howard HagueMay 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    one of the best songs ever made great band great muscians love lynyrd skynyrd just superb they wrote some great songs GOD BLESS RONNIE, STEVE, ALLEN, LEON, BILLY @ CASSIE GAINS awesome.
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    UnregisteredApr 18, 2012 at 1:56 am
    I feel this song expresses a understanding of how the simplest things in life are whats important. Its singing a sweet lullaby to that includes a soft understanding of comfort to the trials of life. Sometimes we look in the wrong places for happiness and love and satisfaction.. And sometimes we fail, but we must know in our soul that everything we ever needed is actually right before us. Have faith and believe...
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    UnregisteredMar 11, 2012 at 8:06 am
    I heard this song one night and didnt really catch the whole song but from what i heard it really reminded me of my only son that was going thru alot at the time. He just turned 21. The words are so heartfelt that i had to send them to him. It is the truth with the kids in this generation that they want that big money. Materialistic life. And he told me that one day. So i just had to send the lyrics to him.
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    UnregisteredSep 29, 2011 at 1:59 am
    Simple Man reminds us that we all should slow down and enjoy what we have and no focus so much on the lust of money... It doesnt fix anything... And the fact that they remind us that all we need is in our soul and to remember that there is someone up above... Its a lifestyle lost in todays fastpaced greedy world...

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