All I Can Do Is Write About It
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics


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Well, this life that I've live has took me everywhere
There ain't no place I ain't never gone
But it's kind of like the saying that you heard so many times
Well, there just ain't no place like home

Did you ever see a she-gator protect her young
Or a fish in a river swimming free?
Did you ever see the beauty of the hills of Carolina
Or the sweetness of the grass in Tennessee?

And, Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
'Cause I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes

Would you like to see a mountain stream a-flowin'?
Would you like to see a youngin' with his dog
Did you ever stop to think about, well, the air your breathin'?
Well, you better listen to my song

And, Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
Yes but I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes

I'm not tryin' to put down no big cities
But the things they write about us is just a bore
Well, you can take a boy out of ol' dixieland
Lord but you'll never take ol' dixie from a boy

And, Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
Yes but I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes




'Cause I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes

Overall Meaning

In Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "All I Can Do Is Write About It," the lyrics speak to the idea of home and the beauty of nature. The verse "Did you ever see a she-gator protect her young or a fish in a river swimming free?" highlights the beauty of nature and the freedom it allows. The singer continues to ask if the listener has ever seen the "beauty of the hills of Carolina or the sweetness of the grass in Tennessee?" Lynyrd Skynyrd is showcasing the positive impact of nature on a person and how it can shape one's perception of home.


The chorus speaks to the singer's inability to make changes in the world but rather document his experiences in a song. The lyrics "I can't make any changes, all I can do is write 'em in a song" reveal the singer's desire to preserve the memories of his travels and his connection to home. The second verse emphasizes the beauty of youth and the simplicity of life. The lyrics "Would you like to see a mountain stream a-flowin' or a youngin' with his dog?" evoke a sense of nostalgia and innocence.


The song emphasizes a love for home and nature, while also acknowledging the changing world around us. The lyrics "I can see the concrete slowly creepin'" speak to the potential destruction of natural landscapes. The singer pleads with the Lord to "take me and mine before that comes" highlighting the importance of preserving our natural world. "All I Can Do Is Write About It" is a reflection on the beauty of life and the importance of preserving it for generations to come.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, this life that I've live has took me everywhere
I've traveled a lot and experienced many different things in my life


There ain't no place I ain't never gone
I've been everywhere


But it's kind of like the saying that you heard so many times
There's no place like home


Well, there just ain't no place like home
Nothing beats the comfort and familiarity of home


Did you ever see a she-gator protect her young
Have you ever witnessed the strong maternal instincts of a female alligator?


Or a fish in a river swimming free?
Have you ever seen the natural freedom of a fish in its habitat?


Did you ever see the beauty of the hills of Carolina
Have you ever experienced the breathtaking beauty of the Carolina hills?


Or the sweetness of the grass in Tennessee?
Have you ever appreciated the simple beauty of the grass in Tennessee?


And, Lord, I can't make any changes
I don't have the power to change things


All I can do is write 'em in a song
My way of expressing this is through writing songs


'Cause I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
I see the spread of urbanization and industrialization


Lord, take me and mine before that comes
Please take me and my loved ones away before we're impacted by that


Would you like to see a mountain stream a-flowin'?
Have you ever experienced the beauty and serenity of a mountain stream?


Would you like to see a youngin' with his dog?
Have you ever observed the innocent joy of a child playing with their dog?


Did you ever stop to think about, well, the air your breathin'?
Have you ever considered the quality of the air you breathe?


Well, you better listen to my song
Take note of what I'm saying through my music


I'm not tryin' to put down no big cities
I'm not trying to criticize large urban areas


But the things they write about us is just a bore
However, the way they portray us from rural areas can be tedious


Well, you can take a boy out of ol' dixieland
Even if I leave the southern United States,


Lord but you'll never take ol' dixie from a boy
I'll always be connected to and have a love for the culture and heritage of the South


Cause I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
I realize the gradual spread of urbanization


Lord, take me and mine before that comes
Please protect me and my family from the negative impacts of that


'Cause I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
I am aware of the encroachment of urbanization


Lord, take me and mine before that comes
I pray that my family is spared from that impact




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ALLEN COLLINS, RONNIE VAN ZANT

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@jpablobzg

I've never been in the States, but I love Lynyrd Skynyrd and this is my absolute favorite song.

I live in Mexico City, but my grandpa is from a small town in the heart of the mountains here in Mexico. He was diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years back, and it's gotten to a point when he can barely recognize any of us.

Last summer though, we took him back to his old town. All the streets are now concrete and the main plaza is full of cheap electronic stores and clothing. I got in tears when he was unable to tell where he was.

But when we finally got to his old house, where the floor is still just dirt and dried leaves, and the hens and chicken running free everywhere, all the sudden it all came back to him, he remembered my name and spent the whole afternoon talking to me and my mom on how he used to play with us in the back yard and then take us for a walk in the forest up to the hills. It's one of the happiest memories I have.

We will take him back there in a couple of weeks, probably for the last time, and this is the song I will be playing on the road ❤.



@rockyrhoads8763

Well, this life that I live, took me everywhere
There ain't no place I ain't never gone
Well it's kind of like the sayin'
That you heard so many times
Well, there just ain't no place like home
Did you ever see a she-gator protect her youngin'
Or fish in a river swimmin' free?
Did you ever see the beauty of the hills of Carolina
Or the sweetness of the grass in Tennessee?
And Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
'Cause, if I can see the concrete, slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes
I'd like to see a mountain stream flowin'
Do you like to see a youngin' with his dog?
Did you ever stop and think about
Well, the air your breathin'?
Well, you better listen to my song
And Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
'Cause, I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes
I'm not tryin' to put down no big city
But the things they write about us is just a bore
Well, you can take a boy out of ole' Dixieland, Lord
But you'll never take ole' Dixie from a boy
And Lord, I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
'Cause, I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes
I say, I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord, take me and mine before that comes



All comments from YouTube:

@thomastarwater2989

This song was sweetened by Barry Harwood on dobro and mandolin, and by Charlie Daniels playing the fiddle. This classic by Lynyrd Skynyrd should have gotten some serious radio time. Just saying.😊

@RedlininRednecks

@@tsGarpfin1yeah it even got the E for explicit content on Spotify. Confused me for so long what was so bad about it… till I realized that the word Dixie ticked everyone off 😂

@allencollins6031

​@@RedlininRednecksFuck them and their content rating and I'm a fkn yankee. Dixie is alright by me. Always had some kind of suspicion that I got a dead conderate in me. Not kiddin'.. God Bless

@Kayz-vb5hu

Thank you father for the wonderful musicians❤❤

@jpablobzg

I've never been in the States, but I love Lynyrd Skynyrd and this is my absolute favorite song.

I live in Mexico City, but my grandpa is from a small town in the heart of the mountains here in Mexico. He was diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years back, and it's gotten to a point when he can barely recognize any of us.

Last summer though, we took him back to his old town. All the streets are now concrete and the main plaza is full of cheap electronic stores and clothing. I got in tears when he was unable to tell where he was.

But when we finally got to his old house, where the floor is still just dirt and dried leaves, and the hens and chicken running free everywhere, all the sudden it all came back to him, he remembered my name and spent the whole afternoon talking to me and my mom on how he used to play with us in the back yard and then take us for a walk in the forest up to the hills. It's one of the happiest memories I have.

We will take him back there in a couple of weeks, probably for the last time, and this is the song I will be playing on the road ❤.

@robinnewton1482

One of my favorites by them. So beautiful.

@sjgoode6590

Beautiful Song! 🥲God Bless Ronnie Van Zant! 🙏🏻❤️✝️

@carlramsey1117

GOD BLESS WHAT RONNIE VAN ZANT IS SINGING ABOUT, WROTE ABOUT BETTER STILL!!❤💪💪💪💪💪

@sumisuokami

the tears are flowing, but they're good tears.

@johnv.9408

My favorite all time song. Listen to it near daily and always makes me think back.

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