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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

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The American group Lynyrd Skynyrd was founded in 1964 as My Backyard. It was founded by friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington. Who attended the same high school in Jacksonville.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd

A few months later, when Leon Wilkeson and Billy Powell joined the band, the band adopted the name Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is the ironic nickname of a PE teacher who was known to punish students for wearing long hair.

The first years of the group’s existence did not bring great success. It wasn’t until 1972 that they were spotted while performing at a club in Atlanta and were offered a contract with the MCA label. A year later the debut album was released, recorded with an additional guitarist Ed King, who joined the band at that time. The album “Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd” brought the composition “Free Bird”, one of the group’s most famous songs.

But a real explosion of popularity came with the second album – “Second Helping” in 1974. This is where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most recognizable and most popular hit, or “Sweet Home Alabama” was found, and the album reached the status of multiplatinum. The band returned a year later with the next album “Nuthin ‘Fancy”, which reached the top ten album sales list for the first time in the group’s history.

Lyrics

One, two, three
Turn it up

Big wheels keep on turnin’
Carry me home to see my kin
Singin’ songs about the south-land
I miss Alabamy once again and I think it’s a sin, yes

Well I heard Mister 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 comin’ home to you

In Birmingham they love the governor (boo-hoo-hoo)
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 (oh yeah)
Lord I’m comin’ home to you
Here I come, 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 feelin’ blue
Now how about you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord I’m comin’ home to you

Sweet home Alabama (oh, sweet home)
Where the skies are so blue
And the governor’s true
Sweet home Alabama (lordy)
Lord I’m comin’ home to you, yeah, yeah
Montgomery’s got the answer

Songwriters: Rossington Gary Robert / King Edward C / Vanzant Ronnie
Lyrics Sweet Home Alabama © Universal Music Corp., Emi Full Keel Music, Emi Longitude Music, Songs Of Universal Inc.

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