Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd – Ronnie Van Zant “Simple Man” Isolated Vocals

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Lynyrd Skynyrd & Front Man Ronnie Van Zant – Photo Source: YouTube Screenshot

Here’s an extremely rare track featuring the isolated vocals of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant singing “Simple Man”. If you listen closely, you’ll hear Ronnie Van Zant pour his entire heart and soul into this song. The unfiltered track was released in memory of Ronnie Van Zant in 2009.

Ronnie Van Zant tragically died in a plane crash on October 20, 1977, when the plane’s engine failed and struck a tree. Fellow bandmates Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, the band’s manager, Dean Kilpatrick, and pilots Walter McCreary and William Gray were also killed during the crash.

In the isolated track, you can slightly hear some of the drums and guitar, but Van Zant’s voice is raw, unfiltered, and full of emotion. Ronnie Van Zant passed four years after the recording of “Simple Man”. Listen to his raw vocals for “Simple Man” in the video below, it will give you chills. We’ve provided the lyrics so you can follow along.

Check out some of the track’s┬ácomments:

This goes out to all the fools saying Shinedown sang this better. This is a real vocalist who sang with his whole heart and soul, and you can clearly hear the emotion in his voice. Rest in peace Ronnie Van Zant.”

Incredibly haunting… awesome”

Pure, unfiltered voice. No auto tune or bs. Beautiful.”

Do you agree with these fellow Skynyrd fans? Listen to the track below and sound off in the comments.

Lyrics – “Simple Man” by┬áLynyrd Skynyrd

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
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, really simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand

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