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Shinedown - Simple Man Lyrics

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TitleSimple Man
AlbumSomewhere In The Stratosphere [2011], Track 15
Somewhere In The Stratosphere [2011], Track 15 Disc 2
Us And Them Deluxe Version [2009], Track 14
GenreAlternative, Rock
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Song lyrics
Well, Momma told me
When I was young
Said 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 (ahhh ya)

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 that 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 rich man's gold
All that you need now
Is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want from you my son, is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Won't you do this for me son, if you can

Oh, 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 from you my son, is to be satisfied

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
So baby, be a simple be a simple man
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can
submitted by Devin Warburton
corrected by Jack_Dark on January 8th, 2005
written by Van Zant, Ronnie / Rossington, Gary Robert
copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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0 likes - like | 11-04-2010 00:57 FINALFLASH9985 
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0 likes - like | 20-10-2007 18:26 mijupt 
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i like this version better than the original
in this his voice is beautiful
0 likes - like | 04-02-2007 00:35 PrincessGloomy 
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I can't beleive no one jumped me for saying that Nirvana song is a cover. I was just kidding.
0 likes - like | 25-09-2006 13:12 TreZZy 
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I honestly think that Shinedown's version of this song makes the other version become really really bad
0 likes - like | 17-08-2006 01:51 PrincessGloomy 
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I think this cover is perfect. I personally like it better then the orignal. The lead singer puts way more heart and emotion into this song.

And to the Nirvana fans out there, you do know that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a remake don't you? Lol
0 likes - like | 09-01-2006 05:01 SimpleMan81127 
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As you can probably tell from my name,this is my favorite song.The orginal,performed by lynard skynard,is such a great song and,in my eyes,only surpassed by the shinedown cover.The vocals are better then the orginal and i think the acoustic is better then the electric guitar for this song.So shindown beat lynard skynard in instruments and vocal.All together it is a very powerfull song.The lyrics seem cliche but it gets the point accrose in such a beautiful way,it makes it more original.I plan to play this song for my upcoming child(due in may ).I will play it acoustic while my girl(who has a great singing voice)sings to my child as a lullaby,befor he sleeps.
0 likes - like | 20-12-2005 02:24 WildPony429 
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I'm a huge skynyrd fan, so when a friend told me about this cover, i was like "there's no way, i'm definately gonna hate it..." but i heard it, and immediately loved it. shinedown took this one step further than a cover - they made it their own in a great way, while keeping the american rock n' roll roots intact. no one will ever be better than skynyrd for me... but these guys come close.
0 likes - like | 08-11-2005 21:01 Maycen 
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Awesome song.
0 likes - like | 18-09-2005 19:08 shinedown_4eva 
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omfg this song friggin owns!!i loved the original and shinedown is a great band...good mix...i wish they would play this song more
0 likes - like | 06-09-2005 04:17 StupitFreakBich 
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[i] Okay This Song Rocks Lititeraly it does but so does Skynyrds They are Equal in my book!! And Come On People PLease Learn How To Spell Lynyrd Skynyrd
0 likes - like | 17-08-2005 04:33 AlmostHadYou 
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I absolutely love this song . it doesn't matter if they re did it . they're one oft he most awesome bands I LOVE SHINEDOWN !
0 likes - like | 24-06-2005 04:18 X9463M 
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well, i havent heard the original version fact, until now, i didnt know it was a cover
ill listen to the original later...
anyway, this is an amazing song!
the lyrics are awesome and i like the vocals...powerful
0 likes - like | 06-06-2005 05:19 jball430 
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I must admit, Shinedown had done a fine job in covering this song, but it is far from Skynyrd's version. Ronnie Van Zant was a brilliant songwriter, and this song is very near the top of my favorite song list. This song is amazing live too. Anyways, props to Shinedown for doing a fine job.
0 likes - like | 01-06-2005 09:22 Zombie2532 
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Shinedown should be commended for having the guts to do this cover. It takes a lot of moxy to properly cover this song. This is by far one of the greatest songs ever written, and is held sacred by a lot of people. This was arguably Skynard's greatest song, and I loved this tribute.
0 likes - like | 26-05-2005 23:11 dark_knight86 
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Both versions are great and awsome, and the words are so touching, but i like Shinedown's version better because you can really feel the emotion in the singer's voice, he has such a great voice and the song sounds great as simple as it but the guitar playing in Lynyrd's Skynyrd's song is awsome.
0 likes - like | 18-05-2005 04:21 DragonSlayer150 
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Skynyrd was better but still, this is a great cover.
0 likes - like | 05-02-2005 21:38 pats1sog 
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this is a great re-eh. it has what we're all looking for, if ya konw what i mean. we choose the music under the tree, ya know. so its worth all our time
0 likes - like | 03-02-2005 00:39 OneLove711 
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I love this song, and want to hear the original version! All of shinedowns songs ROCK! If you don't have the CD you should buy it.
0 likes - like | 21-01-2005 21:06 oXLaceratedXo 
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shinedown owns all.... this is a song.... hey there in columbus ohio 2/10/05 ............. its gonna be freaking sweet!
0 likes - like | 16-01-2005 17:28 xdr1016 
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Its alright I guess. I'm listening to it right now.
0 likes - like | 03-01-2005 20:45 iluvshinedown69 
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i REALLY like this song, its one of my favorites! and they sang it AWESOME at their concert on December 29, 2004, house of blues , orlando ,florida....yea, its was AWERSOME!!! GO SHINEDOWN!!!..weee
0 likes - like | 28-12-2004 19:30 grrferociouskay 
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Lynard Skynard's version is much better but gotta give it up to shinedown for doin such a kick ass job. nobody couldve done it better...well besides Lynard but thats besides the point
0 likes - like | 24-12-2004 15:35 NIRVANA318 
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sunrae9, i have to agree with you, Lynyrd Skynyrd version is so much better. Like you said some song that older bands have then new artist cover them does not work because usually the orginal one is better.
0 likes - like | 21-12-2004 21:45 benniboo_iloveu 
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Amazing song, great remake too. Wasn't as good as Skynards, but it came really close. Shinedown is wonderfull! Two thumbs up!
0 likes - like | 15-11-2004 01:43 rainbowsprinkle 
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Great vocals! My boyfriend Paul loves it. But, I think it could use more background music. It has incredible lyrics, too.