The Needle And The Spoon
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyrics


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Thirty days, Lord and thirty nights
I'm comin' home on an airplane flight
Mama waitin' at the ticket line
Tell me, son, why do you stand there cryin'?

It was the needle and the spoon
And a trip to the moon
Took me away, took me away

I've been feelin' so sick inside
Got to get better, Lord, before I die
Seven doctors couldn't help my head, they said
You better quit, son, before you're dead

Quit the needle, quit the spoon
Quit the trip to the moon
We're gonna take you away, Lord, gonna take you away

It was the needle and the spoon

I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool
But then again, Lord, I've seen a lot of fools
Well, I hope you people, Lord, can hear what I say
You'll have your chance to hit it some day

Don't mess with the needle or a spoon
Or any trip to the moon
It will take you away

Lord, they gonna bury you, boy




Don't mess with the needle
Now I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Lynyrd Skynyrd's The Needle And The Spoon deal with drug addiction and the effects it has on a person's life. The song begins with the singer returning home after a month-long trip in which he was likely using drugs heavily. His mother is waiting for him at the airport, and it's evident she's upset about his drug use. The chorus uses a metaphor to describe the drugs as tools that have taken the singer away, both physically and mentally.


The second verse reveals that the singer is aware of the damage the drugs are doing to his body and mind. He's tried to get help from seven doctors, but their efforts proved unsuccessful. The chorus is repeated, and the song uses a change in dynamics to create a sense of urgency. The final verse serves as a warning to others not to make the same mistakes. The singer has seen many people succumb to drug addiction, and he hopes his words will prevent others from experiencing the same fate.


Line by Line Meaning

Thirty days, Lord and thirty nights
I've been struggling with drug addiction for a month.


I'm comin' home on an airplane flight
I'm returning home from a trip.


Mama waitin' at the ticket line
My mother is waiting for me at the airport.


Tell me, son, why do you stand there cryin'?
My mother is concerned and asks why I am crying.


It was the needle and the spoon And a trip to the moon Took me away, took me away
My addiction to drugs took me away from reality and led me on a dangerous path.


I've been feelin' so sick inside Got to get better, Lord, before I die
I feel sick and I know I need to get better before it's too late.


Seven doctors couldn't help my head, they said You better quit, son, before you're dead
I've sought medical help but my addiction is too severe and I must quit before it kills me.


Quit the needle, quit the spoon Quit the trip to the moon We're gonna take you away, Lord, gonna take you away
I need to quit drugs and get away from this lifestyle before it's too late.


I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool But then again, Lord, I've seen a lot of fools
I've seen others make the same mistakes as me in thinking drugs were cool, but in reality it led them down a path of foolishness.


Well, I hope you people, Lord, can hear what I say You'll have your chance to hit it some day
I hope others hear my warning and avoid the path that I took. But some may still take the same path.


Don't mess with the needle or a spoon Or any trip to the moon It will take you away
Drugs will take you away from reality and lead you down a dangerous path.


Lord, they gonna bury you, boy Don't mess with the needle
Drugs can lead to death.


Now I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I've learned the hard way about the dangers of drugs.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@vaibhavaggarwal3049

"30 days Lord, and 30 nights
I'm comin' home on an airplane flight
Mama waitin' at the ticket line
"Tell me, son, why do you stand there cryin'?"

It was the needle and the spoon
And a trip to the moon
Took me away, took me away

I've been feelin' so sick inside
Got to get better, Lord before I die
Seven doctors couldn't help my head, they said
"You better quit, son, before you're dead"

Quit the needle, quit the spoon
Quit the trip to the moon
We gonna take you away
Lord, we gonna take you away

It was the needle and the spoon
Shit!

I've seen a lot of people who thought they were cool
But then again, Lord, I've seen a lot of fools
Well, I hope you people, Lord, can hear what I say
You'll have your chance to hit it some day

Don't mess with the needle or a spoon
Or any trip to the moon
It'll take you away

Lord, they're gonna bury you boy
Don't mess with the needle
Now I know, I know, I know, I know, I know!!!"



All comments from YouTube:

@walksthesehills

2024.... this quality of music does not exist anymore.

@reginahanson2186

No it doesn't

@2045Kell-ri5tm

​@@reginahanson2186 I agree

@davidpope7517

Closest I’ve found is whiskey Myers, remind me of a modern day skynrd

@user-lq2is8fx8s

Sadly true!

@Knife-Hoarder

10 years needle free this month. Heres to anyone and eveyone who put that shit down. 🤘

@johnnygucci9

🙏✝️

@davidmoyer2143

There was a day when the needle and the spoon took me away to the Moon now I'm back to let you know I'm really on track no more no more almost 3 years

@nancyherb7454

Welcome back glad u here now that's a tough hard road

@davidmoyer2143

@@nancyherb7454 why thank you very much young lady appreciate

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