Simple Man
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics


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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, ah yeah"

"Oh, take your time, don't live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You'll find a woman, yeah, and you'll find love
And don't forget, son, there is someone up above"

"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"

"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"

Oh yes, I will

"Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow your heart 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"

"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"

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man




Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

Overall Meaning

Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Simple Man" is a heartfelt ballad about a mother's guidance to her son about how to live a fulfilling life. The opening verse sees the singer recounting his mother's advice to him as a young boy, urging him to take time in his life and not move too quickly, because troubles will come, but they will also pass. He is also told to find love but never forget there is someone "up above." The mother encourages her son to "be a simple kind of man," to be true to himself and only pursue what he loves and understands in life. The chorus emphasizes this idea with the same message, sweetly asking him to follow her advice, then eventually urging him to forget about striving for wealth and focus, instead, on finding satisfaction within his soul.


The verses following, once again, reinforce the mother's advice, telling the young man to worry not and follow his heart, and communicating once more the idea that living a simple life, full of love and truth, is the best way to find satisfaction.


Overall, the song is a poignant tribute to motherly wisdom that encourages the listener to live life on their terms, while remaining true to themselves.


Line by Line Meaning

Mama told me when I was young
My mother had some wisdom to impart upon me when I was a youngster


"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, ah yeah"
She wanted me to come sit with her and attentively hear what she had to say, and promised it would benefit me in the future


"Oh, take your time, don't live too fast Troubles will come and they will pass You'll find a woman, yeah, and you'll find love And don't forget, son, there is someone up above"
She advised me to live at a measured pace, knowing that life will have its difficulties which will eventually disappear. She also reassured me that I would find true love in a partner, and reminded me to have faith in a higher power.


"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"
The key takeaway she wanted me to learn was to keep life uncomplicated and follow your passions. She requested that I take this message to heart and make it part of my life's philosophy.


"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"
She encouraged me to disregard the insatiable human desire for material wealth and to focus on what is inside oneself. She was emphatic that by making an effort, I could attain this perspective and lead a contented life.


"Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself Follow your heart 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"
She wanted me to know that everything would eventually fall into place and that I would find my true identity. She also advised me to listen to my instincts and ignore external input. Once again, she emphasized that contentment was her main goal for me.


"Baby, be a simple, be a simple man Oh, be something you love and understand Baby, be a simple kind of man"
Finally, she urged me to not overcomplicate things and instead lead a simple, fulfilling life by staying true to myself.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Robert Rossington

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@sebastianring2214

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, yeah
Oh, take your time, don't live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You'll find a woman, yeah, and you'll find love
And don't forget son there is someone up above
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
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?
Oh, yes, I will
Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow your heart 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
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?
Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man



@sigvard8209

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, take your time, don't live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You'll find a woman and you'll find love
And don't forget, son, there is someone up above"

"And be a simple kind of man
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"

"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"

Oh, yes, I will

"Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow your heart 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"

"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?"

"Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of simple man
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can?"



@sts9896

2022 was the toughest year of my life, lost my way, got betrayed by family, lost my job, my car, my girl left me and I lost my place too, I was homeless and felt truly alone, like I couldn't trust anyone, lost a lot of my confidence too, I've liked this song since I was 12, but it became my favorite of all time in this tough period I went through and I won't ever change that

in the darkness, this song was all I heard, simple man has been my alarm for the last year, it wakes me up every morning and I'd be lying if I said I didn't let it play all the way through most times

this last October for the first time I bought a car cash, it makes me really happy and grateful for my tough experiences because looking back, I can see it made me stronger and in a way I got to know myself better, I got to see that I have a damn iron-will, I thank God for giving me that and I also ask for forgiveness for thinking I was alone, I see he was there all along, like a father who is walking with his son and the son trips and falls, a lesson in life that only a father can teach is to get back up on your own, a man must be able to pick himself back up and dust himself off, I see now that God was molding me, he's preparing me for what's to come

anyway, that's my car out the way, solid, completely mine

next goal is to buy land, no more monthly payments on rent soon, something solid

sorry for the long comment just felt inspired, but the main point is this song helped keep me up at my lowest, Skynyrd forever



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@invisibot6

Being "simple" is not to be confused with being empty, or not complex. It means to bring yourself down to earth. Life is messy and hard as hell, but keep calmness within yourself, don't get too stressed, don't get overwhelmed. Keep it simple. Let yourself be relaxed.

@maxvilla5558

True

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Be a simple man ❤️🙏🙏

@redsmoke9014

Think I needed to hear this today

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