Simple Man
Lynyrd Skynyrd
(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Family Friendly
Released 1973
Genre Southern Rock
Language English
Source Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 2
also on iPhone OS
also in Mobile version
Available November 18, 2008 (Pack)
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
Rock Band iPhone
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Basic Pro
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Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Difficulty (on iPhone OS)
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Male singer
Guitar Solo
Vocal Tambourine

Simple Man is a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was released as a Rock Band downloadable single and as part of Classic Rock Pack 01 on April 15, 2008. It has also appeared in Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 2 and Rock Band Mobile. A Pro Guitar upgrade for use in Rock Band 3 was released on March 1, 2011.

Shortly after Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother and Gary Rossington's mother died, they got together in Van Zant's apartment and started telling stories about them. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote it in about an hour.

Even though the lyrics state, "Sit beside me, my only son," Ronnie was not the only son. He had 2 younger brothers along with one older sister and one younger sister.

This appears on the soundtrack to the movie Almost Famous. (thanks, Aaron - Twin Cities, MN, for above 2)

Skynyrd producer Al Kooper didn't like the way this was coming out, so the band recorded it without him and had him add his organ part later. He didn't think they should release it, but realized he was wrong when it went over so well with their fans.

When Skynyrd toured in 1987, they dedicated this to Van Zant.

The studio and live versions of this song are tuned to different keys. The studio is in G#/Ab while the live is the key of A. (thanks, Bryant - Salina, KS)

The Heavy Metal band Shinedown recorded an acoustic version. The Deftones also covered it on their B-Sides And Rarities CD.

In popular cultureEdit

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  • The song is used in the 1973 film Westworld.
  • The song is used in the 1991 film The Doors.
  • The song is used in the 1994 film Airheads.
  • The first half of the song can be heard in the 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.
  • The song is used in the 2006 film Barnyard.
  • The Lynyrd Skynyrd original of the song was made available to download on April 15, 2008 for use in the Rock Band music gaming platform, and on March 1, 2011 for PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar/bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits/keyboards in addition to up to three-part harmony vocals.[1]


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