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After the release of their album Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991, Lynyrd Skynyrd came back with a bang with their 1993 release, The Last Rebel. The album contained entirely new material, providing Skynyrd’s loyal fans with even more music to treasure.
One of the tracks, called “One Thing,” is just an example of the high-quality material Skynyrd put together for the album. Written by Kurt Custer, Ed King, Dale Krantz-Rossington, Gary Rossington, and Johnny Van Zant, the song was featured as the second track on The Last Rebel.
The song tells the story of a man who reflects on an encounter he had with a rich man when he was only 15 years old. After meeting the rich man, the young narrator asked him what difference there is between people who wish for fame and fortune and those who actually have it.
During the rest of the song, the rich man explains to the narrator that the secret is all about following your dreams and working hard for them. He encourages the narrator to keep working toward his dreams, singing, “So find yourself a dream and some piece of mind/’Cause money and power won’t buy it/It’s the one thing, nothin’ else matters.“
Skynyrd performed the song many times during their shows around the time of The Last Rebel‘s release. During one performance, Johnny spoke about the new album to the crowd and raised his glass in a toast to them before the band moved into “One Thing.”
Johnny growled through the lyrics with determination and energy, which managed to fire up the crowd even though the song was new to them. The camera often switched to show keyboardist Billy Powell, who was tearing it up on the piano.
In only a few minutes, Skynyrd managed to win over an entire room with “One Thing,” proving how irresistible the song really is. See and hear for yourself in the clip below.
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