Simple Man

Last night, I watched the 2018 film “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd” on Showtime.

My favorite song of all time, which I listen to all the time, is “Simple Man.”

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
Baby, be a simple, kind of simple man

The story behind the song is that after Ronnie Van Zant’s (lead singer) grandmother and Garry Rossington’s (lead guitarist) mother died, they got together in Van Zant’s apartment and started telling stories about them. The lyrics were based on the advice the two women had given them over the years. It’s advice I would give to my son and to my daughters.

I think I love this song because it reminds me to… be a simple man.

It helps me to keep my priorities where they always need to be. This seems to be getting harder with each passing year due to social media. We are all constantly force fed a bunch of bullshit.

The most important line in this song for me is… “Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold.” I used to lust for the rich man’s gold and this lust created many problems for me. Every time I listen to this song, I remind myself of the importance of the Glorious Position of F You.”

You can learn more about the problems I encountered due to my lust of the rich man’s gold in my book The Cashflownaire Plan here:
https://www.renegademillionaireblog.com/cashflownaire

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