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Lynyrd Skynyrd Delivers Soulful 'Mississippi Kid' Performance

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Photo credit: Elliot Levin, New York Hard Rock Examiner
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Southern boys, born and bred!

Lynyrd Skynyrd pays homage to their southern roots, once again, in this soulful performance of 'Mississippi Kid'. 

The song was written by original lead singer and co-founder Ronnie Van Zant, original drummer Bob Burns and songwriter Al Kooper.

It was included in the band's 1973 debut album, (pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd). The album also includes the legendary songs "Gimme Three Steps", "Simple Man" and "Free Bird".

This particular performance of "Mississippi Kid" is from their Vicious Cycle Tour in 2003. Johnny Van Zant starts off the song asking the audience, "Let us know if you know this one! You die-hard Lynyrd Skynyrd fans?" The crowd goes nuts because of course they are!

Guitarist Rickey Medlocke, who plays the mandolin on the song, gave an interview about the importance of the instrument on the track.

"To me, that song is really, just as much Delta blues as it is country," he says. "When you listen to the lick on the mandolin, as I play that lick, it's a big time Delta blues lick. When I came back into the band, I was thrilled, I'm still thrilled to be able to get up and play it every night because it's got a serious Delta blues feel to me, and country."

Medlocke's mandolin solo perfectly connects the band's southern roots to their rock n' roll style. Each performance we find of Lynyrd Skynyrd further proves just how versatile and talented they are.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd & Second Helping Live' is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats - it's the perfect gift for the Lynyrd Skynyrd fan in your life. Buy it here on Amazon!

Watch the performance below.

Lyrics Below

I've got my pistols in my pockets boys,
I'm Alabama bound.
I've got my pistols in my pockets boys, I'm
I'm Alabama bound.
Well, I'm not looking for no trouble
But nobody dogs me 'round.

Well, I'm going to fetch my woman, people
Tri-cities here I come.
Well, I'm going to fetch my woman, people
Tri-cities here I come
'Cause she was raised up on that cornbread
And I know she's gonna give me some.

When the kid hits Alabama, people
Don't you try and dog him 'round.
When the kid hits Alabama, people
Don't you try and dog him 'round.
'Cause if you people cause me trouble,
Then I've got to put you in the ground.

Well, I was born in Mississippi
And I don't take any stuff from you
Well, I was born in Mississippi
And I don't take any stuff from you
And if I hit you on your head
Boy, its got to make you black and blue.

Well, I ride to Alabama
With my pistols out by my side
Well, I ride to Alabama
With my pistols out by my side
'Cause down in Alabama
You can run, but you sure can't hide

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