Mississippi Kid
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics


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I've got my pistols in my pockets boys
I'm Alabama bound
I've got my pistols in my pockets boys, I'm
I'm Alabama bound
Well, I'm not looking for no trouble
But nobody dogs me 'round

Well, I'm going to fetch my woman, people
Tri-cities here I come
Well, I'm going to fetch my woman, people
Tri-cities here I come
'Cause she was raised up on that cornbread
And I know that woman give me some

When the kid hits Alabama, people
Don't you try to dog him 'round
When the kid hits Alabama, people
Don't you try to dog him 'round
'Cause if you people cause me trouble
Lord, I got to put you in the ground

Well, I was born in Mississippi
And I don't take any stuff from you
Well, I was born in Mississippi
And I don't take any stuff from you
And if I hit you on your head
Boy, its got to make it black and blue

Well, I'm goin' to Alabama
Got my pistols out by my side
Well, I'm ridin' to Alabama
With my pistols out by my side




'Cause down in Alabama you can run
But you sure can't hide

Overall Meaning

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Mississippi Kid” is a song about a traveler who is on his way to Alabama with his pistols in his pocket. The singer is not looking for trouble, but he is ready to defend himself if anyone tries to trouble him. He is traveling to Tri-cities to see his woman, who gives him the love he desires. The singer is proud of his Mississippi roots and will not take any disrespect, but he hopes he will not have to use his weapons against anyone in Alabama.


The singer of the song asserts his pride in his state of origin - Mississippi - throughout the song. For him, being from Mississippi is a badge of honor and it is how he identifies himself. He warns anyone who would think to cross him, either in Alabama or anywhere else, that he won't hesitate to put them in their place, even resorting to violence if necessary. The song can also be read as a commentary on the relationship between some southern states in America, where violence and tension were far too commonplace.


Line by Line Meaning

I've got my pistols in my pockets boys
I am carrying my guns to protect myself


I'm Alabama bound
I am headed to Alabama


Well, I'm not looking for no trouble
I am not interested in conflict


But nobody dogs me 'round
However, I will not tolerate disrespect or mistreatment


Well, I'm going to fetch my woman, people
I am going to pick up my significant other


Tri-cities here I come
I am headed to the Tri-Cities area


'Cause she was raised up on that cornbread
I know that my significant other comes from a humble background


And I know that woman give me some
But I also know that she will be loyal and loving to me


When the kid hits Alabama, people
When I arrive in Alabama


Don't you try to dog him 'round
Do not try to disrespect or mistreat me


'Cause if you people cause me trouble
Because if you do cause me trouble


Lord, I got to put you in the ground
I will defend myself with deadly force


Well, I was born in Mississippi
I come from Mississippi


And I don't take any stuff from you
I will not tolerate being pushed around or disrespected


And if I hit you on your head
And if I need to use physical force


Boy, its got to make it black and blue
I will ensure that the force is significant and impactful


Well, I'm goin' to Alabama
I am on my way to Alabama


Got my pistols out by my side
I am still carrying my guns for protection


'Cause down in Alabama you can run
Because in Alabama, one can try to escape their problems


But you sure can't hide
But they will inevitably catch up to you




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: AL KOOPER, RONALD VANZANDT, ROBERT BURNS

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@kainhall

meh.... i like my 2.1 speakers
i want to FEEL the bass
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i have corsair SP2500s..... and the stereo separation is so good..... guitar on 1 speaker, fiddle in the other, and harmonica sounds like its behind my monitor
bass is "room filling"
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actually have the sub to my left..... but it sounds like its centered into my face
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i hope they still make these speakers..... abused them for 10 years.... still work great
not the best of the best but damn good



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@dwaynewladyka577

This song has a perfect blend of blues and country music. It's awesome. Lynyrd Skynyrd has made great music. May Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkerson, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, and Ed King rest in peace. Cheers! ✌️

@sherrieoconnell3605

One of my favorites!!

@theCount1968

Gary Rossington too now. RIP :(

@willardjohnston2133

Chrissy Gaines, others.

@larryburnett1954

Has Ole Ed passed on, Damit!

@sgrof

Add Gary to
the list now 😨

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@user-ws5lb3ye4t

Another great song by the best band to ever stepped on a stage

@albertbeaney2580

Only Lynyrd Skynyrd could pull this off. Period.

@robbyparks6395

God Bless Skynyrd!!!❤️❤️❤️

@sirena1140

Rest In Peace Gary thanks for the great moments and music god bless you

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