Oliver Anthony Covers Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”

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Oliver Anthony Sings “Simple Man”

If this man wasn’t on fire enough already, Oliver Anthony released a TikTok video covering one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of folks, Mr. Anthony strums the beloved cords of “Simple Man.” Only he can be seen in the video, however, you can hear that he’s not alone and there’s others with him chatting and singing the song with him.

As the light of the fire shines off his big red beard, Anthony sang, “Momma told me, when I was young, sit beside me (oh baby), my only son. Listen closely, to what I say. And if you do this, it’ll help you, some sunny day!” 

The passion in that man’s voice is off the charts. Wearing nothing more than a regular blue t-shirt and some old blue jeans, Anthony continues to represent the ordinary man in every way imaginable.

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Oliver Anthony singing "Simple Man."
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History Of “Simple Man”

“Simple Man” is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular songs and became the band’s third best-selling digital songs after “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” It has sold more than 1,333,000 copies in the U.S. alone as of November 2013.

“Simple Man” is about a mother talking to her son about life and was said to be inspired by the passing of Ronnie Van Zant’s grandmother. It was released in 1973 and is the last track on side one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album called, “Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

Go ahead and watch the incredible cover Oliver Anthony did of the song below!

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