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Gimme Three Steps
Lynyrd Skynyrd
(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd).jpg
(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
INFORMATION
Year 1973
Genre Southern Rock
Language English
Length
Source Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 1
Release 15 July 2008
Rating RaitingFF.png Family Friendly
PLAYABLE IN
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
Rock Band Unplugged
DIFFICULTY
Band 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Basic Pro
Guitar 4Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Bass 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Drums 1Fcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 1Fcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 1Fcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 1Fcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
DETAILS
Male singer
Guitar solo
Vocal cowbell
2-part harmonies

Gimme Three Steps is a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd which is based on a true story. As Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington tells it, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, who was about 18 at the time, used a fake ID to get in a bar while his younger band mates Rossington and Allen Collins waited for him in a truck. Van Zant danced with a girl named Linda, whose boyfriend, who was not too happy about it, came up to Ronnie and reached for something in his boot. Figuring he was going for a gun, Van Zant told him: "If you're going to shoot me it's going to be in the ass or the elbows... just gimme a few steps and I'll be gone." He ran to the truck, and he, Rossington, and Collins wrote this song that night.

According to the Freebird Foundation, which is run by Van Zant's widow Judy Van Zant Jenness, the events of the song took place at a bar called The Little Brown Jug, which was located on Edison Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida, where the band is from. Thus the lyrics, "I was cuttin' the rug, down a a place called The Jug," which is where Ronnie ran into an angry local man with a gun.

The pace of the chorus is fast, to signify Van Zant running away from the guy he thought was going to shoot him.

This made the cut for Skynyrd's first album. Their producer, Al Kooper, had them play all their original songs, and out of the 14 they had, picked 9 to record for the album.

This was one of the few songs Skynyrd released as a single. It was their first major-label release, and it didn't chart.

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