Song of the Day: Lynyrd Skynyrd – “The Needle and the Spoon”

Today marks the birthday of late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, who would have been 70 years old today. The subject matter is dark on this one, and it of course wasn’t the only Skynyrd song that touched in this area, but the message unfortunately resonates more than ever today: “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.” The effectiveness of the message is helped by the fact the music here is powerful, most notably the legendary guitar solo by Allen Collins.

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