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Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'I Need You' Leaves Jacksonville Begging For More

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As part of their second studio album, "I Need You" followed their biggest hit single "Sweet Home Alabama" and quickly became one of the most powerful ballads in the entire southern rock genre.

Lynyrd Skynyrd launched the eight-track album, Second Helping, in April 1974 and reached tremendous new heights, making it one of their most notable successes.

The album's second track, "I Need You" was written by guitarist Gary Rossington, Ed King, and the late Ronnie Van Zant and featured all of them on the recording, however it was the only song from the album to have Mike Porter playing the drums instead of Bob Burns

The song is written as a love song from a man expressing an unyielding and nearly crippling desire to have his soulmate near him and in his life. Traversing the fine lines between a casual relationship and a deep bond, the lyrics tell a tale of a man who simply cannot go on without his perfect match by his side. 

In a live performance in Lynyrd Skynyrd's hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother Johnny enchants the audience with the heartbreaking lyrics and Rossington absolutely crushes it on the guitar. 

Check out this truly amazing performance in the video below and you'll see why the crowd couldn't get enough! 

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!

LYRICS BELOW

Ain't no need to worry
There ain't no use to cry
'Cause I'll be comin' home soon
To keep you satisfied
You know I get so lonely
That I feel I can't go on
And it feels so good inside, babe
Just to call you on the telephone, I said

Ooh baby, I love you
What more can I say?
Ooh baby, I need you
I miss you more every day

I woke up early this mornin'
And the sun came shining down
And it found me wishin' and hopin'
Mama you could be around
For you know I need you
More than the air I breathe
And I guess I'm just tryin' to tell you, woman
Oh, what you mean to me, yeah yeah

Ooh baby, I love you
What more can I say?
Ooh baby, I need you
I miss you more every day

I'm tryin' to tell you I love you
In each and every way
I'm tryin' to tell you I need you
Much more than a piece of lay

Ooh baby, I love you
What more can I say?
Ooh baby, I need you
I miss you more every day

Ooh baby I love you
What more can I say
Oh baby I need your sweet lovin'
I miss you more, more every day

Oh baby I love you
Baby, bay I need you

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