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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.

(Chorus)
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.

(Chorus)

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.

(Chorus)

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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    UnregisteredAug 14, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Always love the song for the words. When my only son got married, i knew i wanted to dance with him to this song. He's country and i'm rock & roll so it was a perfect fit. It speaks volumes of what a mother wants for all her children.
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    UnregisteredJul 17, 2012 at 5:01 am
    Reminds of my brother. I lost him 4 yrs ago to a suicide and every time i hear this song... I pause and think.
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    UnregisteredJun 17, 2012 at 2:09 am
    I sing this to my son everytime it comes on and he is with me... I can not think of any better advise to give to my son.
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    UnregisteredMay 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm
    This song is to my son just want him to be a simple man and enjoy life!!! But he didnt now he is in jail.

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