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Things Goin' On was written in 1973 by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, the lead vocalist and guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd. It appeared on the band's first album (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) and expressed concerns about social and environmental issues, with especial criticism of politicians' role in such issues. The song was distinct from other contemporary protest-songs in that it utilized the sound of Muscle Shoals, Alabama blues licks made popular by both Eric Clapton and Duane Allman's honky tonk melodies, though this was in keeping with Lynyrd Skynyrd's country-rock image. Wikipedia

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Song Lyrics

(Gary Rossington - Ronnie VanZant)

Have you ever lived down in the ghetto?

Have you ever felt the cold wind blow?

If you don`t know what I mean,

Won`t you stand up and scream?

`Cause there`s things goin` on that you don`t know.

Too many lives they`ve spent across the ocean.

Too much money been spent upon the moon.

Well, until they make it right

I hope they never sleep at night

They better make some changes

And do it soon.

They`re goin ruin the air we breathe

Lord have mercy.

They`re gonna ruin us all, by and by.

I`m telling you all beware

I don`t think they really care

I think they just sit up there

And just get high.

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 0 Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd Studio Album 1973
1 7 What's Your Name Compilation 2007
1 9 Skynyrd's First ... And Last Album 1978
1 5 (Pronounced 'L?h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) Album 1973
1 5 (Pronounced 'L?h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) Album 1977
1 14 Lynyrd Skynyrd Box Set Compilation 1991
1 5 (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) Studio Album 2013
1 5 1993-02-19: Still Burning Strong: Atlanta, GA, USA Live 1993
1 14 The Definitive Lynyrd Skynyrd Collection Compilation 1991
1 14 Skynyrd's First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album Compilation 1998
1 7 What's Your Name Compilation 1997
1 9 Skynyrd's First And... Last Compilation 1978
1 7 Collector's Edition Compilation 2007
1 5 Chronicles Compilation 2005
1 35 The Complete Collection 2008


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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Track Song Title Duration
0 Free Bird 9:11
0 Gimme Three Steps 4:09
0 I Ain't The One 3:53
0 Mississippi Kid 3:57
0 Poison Whiskey 3:13
0 Simple Man 6:35
0 Things Goin' On 4:59
0 Tuesday's Gone 7:33


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