Every Mother's Son
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics


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Well I've been ridin' a winning horse for a long, long time
Sometimes I wonder is this the end of the line
No one should take advantage of who they are
No man has got it made
If he thinks he does, he's wrong

[Chorus:]
Every mother's son better hear what I say
Every mother's son will rise and fall someday

I've seen it happen so many times, so many times before
Some man got so much money he doesn't worry no more
Or he's got such a pretty woman that'll treat him fine
Well my friend has been a fool
It happens every time

[Chorus]

I'm not tryin' to preach to no one, to no one at all
I've seen so many of my good friends just rise to fall
'Cause they got so much money or a woman so fine
Well my friends have all been fools, it happens every time

[Chorus]

What I say

[Chorus]





What I say
Oh, every mother's son will rise and fall someday

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Every Mother's Son consist of a warning to men who think they have it all figured out. The lead singer reflects on his own success and questions whether it's sustainable. He acknowledges that nobody should take advantage of their situation. He implies that no matter how successful a man may become, he is not immune to failure, and that their sense of success is often misguided.


The chorus emphasizes this message, stating that every mother's son will rise and fall someday. The lyrics suggest that men who have gained success or riches often become overconfident and make foolish decisions. The singer makes it clear that he's not preaching, but rather sharing his observations on how success can lead to arrogance and ultimately, downfall.


Overall, the song conveys a message of humility and the importance of staying grounded, no matter how much success one achieves. It serves as a cautionary tale to men who think they have it all figured out.


Line by Line Meaning

Well I've been ridin' a winning horse for a long, long time
I've had success for many years


Sometimes I wonder is this the end of the line
I worry if my success will end soon


No one should take advantage of who they are
It's wrong to exploit your position or power


No man has got it made
Anyone can fail or lose everything


If he thinks he does, he's wrong
If someone believes they're invincible, they're mistaken


[Chorus:] Every mother's son better hear what I say
Everyone should listen to my message


Every mother's son will rise and fall someday
Everyone will experience success and failure


I've seen it happen so many times, so many times before
I've witnessed this cycle many times


Some man got so much money he doesn't worry no more
Some people become complacent with wealth


Or he's got such a pretty woman that'll treat him fine
Some people become complacent with love


Well my friend has been a fool
My friend made a mistake


It happens every time
The pattern repeats


[Chorus]
Reiterating the main message


I'm not tryin' to preach to no one, to no one at all
I'm not forcing my ideas on anyone


I've seen so many of my good friends just rise to fall
I've watched many of my friends succeed then fail


Well my friends have all been fools, it happens every time
My friends made the same mistake repeatedly


[Chorus]
Reiterating the main message


What I say
Emphasizing my message


[Chorus]
Reiterating the main message


What I say
Emphasizing my message


Oh, every mother's son will rise and fall someday
Restating that everyone will face ups and downs




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Written by: JAMES NICOLA CAPALDI, JIM CAPALDI, STEVE WINWOOD

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Donald Stiles

Dave Bates didnt hide his fave band or his love for the lord Jesus His family dogs name being Skynard and his passion for his lord and saviour on display to who new and loved him and whose lives he came in contact with The shock
of hearing of his sudden passing has literally changed me to want to live a more meaningful life as Daves was loving like Christ

1964-2022

Dave was a huge role model to me the 6 years I
was blessed to have known him like my 2nd family I always felt

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Max B

It's worth buying the album for this song alone.

m d

Foresure friend,,ain't no one like Ronnie Vant ZANT....turn it up

Ronald Bundick

One of their Very Best songs, IMO

Hunter Ward

Same could be said about every song in the album though it’s so damn good

Clifton Adler Jr.

The whole album, cassette, CD kicks ass!! & Has for 50 years!

Cassie Weatherly

This is my fav album it’s the nuts and bolts of the human existence.. second helping is next imo lol..🤘🏼

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Brandon Mullens

By far one of my favorite Skynyrd songs, touches my heart every time I hear it.

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kara everman

Their greatest album by far.

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