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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Bluesy Tune, 'Mr. Banker', Went Unreleased For Over A Decade

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Lynyrd skynyrd Songs | Lynyrd Skynyrd's Bluesy Tune, 'Mr. Banker', Went Unreleased For Over A Decade | Country Music Videos
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Released 14 years after it was recorded, "Mr. Banker" made its debut on an album comprised of mostly unreleased demos.

Penned by the incredibly talented Ronnie Van Zant, "Mr. Banker" is a song about a man begging with the man at the bank to borrow money so that he can bury his deceased father, making a plea and lamenting his hardship and previous misfortune. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded the track as a demo in 1973 at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. It was first issued as the "B" side of their single "Gimme Three Steps", but was not made publicly available until the release of Legend - a posthumous compilation album containing previously unreleased demos recorded prior to the bands' tragic 1977 plane crash

Legend was released in 1987 to great success, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA. In a review of the compilation album, Jimmy Guterman with Rolling Stone raves about Van Zant's songwriting prowess and vocal mastery, while Robert Christgau says that even "a decade after [being recorded] they sound damn fine."

This bluesy and twangy song will remind you of the band's Southern roots. Check it out in the video below!

LYRICS BELOW

Mister Banker
Mister please, how much does money mean
Won't you reconsider Mister
Won't you do this thing for me

Ain't got no house
Ain't got no car
All I got, lord, is my guitar
But you can have that Mister Banker

Won't you bury my papa for me
Oh Mister Banker please
Listen to how that sound

I would not be here on my knees
But hey Mister Banker
It means so much to me
Oh won't you reconsider Mister
Won't you do this thing for me

I told you Mister
I ain't got no house
Ain't got no car

I got me a 1950 Les Paul guitar
Won't you take it Mister Banker
Won't you bury my papa for me
Oh Mister Banker please

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