Archive | Dec 03, 2017

Certain Songs #1061: Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps”

Album: (Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)
Year: 1973

While it wasn’t the highest-profile song on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tough-as-nails debut album, “Gimme Three Steps” was probably the first place where the wit that suffused both Ronnie Van Zant’s singing and his lyrics first truly shown through.

It’s at the very end of the first verse, which has already been delayed in order for Gary Rossington to take a short solo over Allen Collins’ typically funky central riff, but immediately shows us the stakes involved: Van Zant’s been dancing with the wrong woman — Linda Lou, in retrospect, a dead giveaway — and her man approaching him, gun drawn, pissed as hell.

And with his voice ticking almost into a falsetto while trailing off at the end, Van Zant sings “I said, excuuuuuussse me.”