There’s one tune on Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s fifth studio album Street Survivors that stood out from all the others. Recorded six yeas prior to Street Survivors‘ 1977 release, “One More Time” was originally from Skynyrd’s 1971 Muscle Shoals demo.
So while the other recordings on Street Survivors feature band members Steve Gaines, Artimus Pyle, and Leon Wilkeson, the recording of “One More Time” has Ed King, Rickey Medlocke, and Greg Walker in their places. It is believed that the “One More Time” recording was added to the album after they decided to drop one of the tracks they had previously intended on using.
We always love hearing Skynyrd’s demos, because it gives us the chance to listen to them in their most natural state. Ronnie Van Zant‘s raw vocals really stand out in this track, and show off the true depth of his talent.
Lyrically, “One More Time” is a work of art. Written by Ronnie and guitarist Gary Rossington, the song is told from the perspective of a man who has been lied to by the woman he loves. However, the man just can’t seem to resist her, so he invites her back into his life “one more time.”
It’s a situation that many people are familiar with, but Ronnie and Gary managed to turn it into a musical masterpiece through “One More Time”:
“I know I’m playin’ with fire,
Get burned every time.
Yes I’m a fool for you baby I can’t deny.
But I got to have your sweet love,
One more time, one more time.”
Now that you’ve read about the history and story behind it, tune in below to listen to “One More Time.” It goes without saying that it’s a song you’ll want to play over and over again.