Shinedown - Simple Man Lyrics

Well, mama told me, when I was young—
Said, "Sit beside me, my only son,
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this,
It'll help you some sunny day.
Ah, yeah, it will.

Oh, take your time, don't live too fast.
Troubles will come and they will pass.
You'll find a woman and you'll find love.
And don't forget that there is a someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can, if you can?

Forget your lust from the rich man's gold.
All that you need now is in your soul.
And you can do this (oh, baby) if you try.
All that I want from you, my son, is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something that you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can, if you can?

Oh, don't you worry.
You'll find yourself.
Follow your heart
And nothing else.
And you can do this (oh, baby) if you try.
All that I want from you, my son, is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can?
So, baby, be a simple, be a simple man.
Oh, won't you do this for me, son, if you can?"

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Shinedown Simple Man Comments
  1. Paula Semeniuk

    I’m an old school girl for sure.... but I like this version even better than Leonard Skinner’s

  2. Terrible Peanuts

    I am a simple man. I see simple man, I click. :P

  3. Rob Richardson

    When you accidentally find a fuckin gem like this 👏

  4. mentalmissfire

    i am a diehard SKYNARD fan. My daughter introduced me to this version and OMG IT'S AMAAAZING! I have always liked Shinedown and they REALLY did this song so much justice. MUCH RESPECT! GREAT JOB!

  5. Thales of Malinda

    Chills everytime man 😢🤗👏🤗

  6. Madilynn Brooks

    i love this song even though it makes me cry it reminds me ill always think of my dad and so will others.

    Madilynn Brooks

    through all bad things there is a good side to come,so always be positive!

  7. Jesse Smailling

    Ryan I hope you see this... this song will always remind me of the you that I used to know. I miss you!

  8. Madison 414

    This is the best songs ever

  9. joseph phillips

    Makes me think on of my son he committed suicide January 13th 2019

  10. Raul Caballer

    2020 l love Lynyrd Skynyrd, but l like this cover better than the original. I hear more pain and soul here.

  11. Affordable Profitable

    why didn,t i listen!!!!!!!! troubles will come i just wanna be a simple kind of man!!!!!! God Help Me

  12. amy russo

    This song reminds me of my first love. It brings me to tears all the time.

  13. Liz Scully

    what a powerful voice
    i'll probably get hate for this comment lol but lynyrd skynrds version is nothing compared to this song lol

  14. Lara Meyer

    Well, even I don't understand much because I'm hearing it without headphones, I feel like crying

  15. Robin Bell

    Oh man I'm so ashamed. My son didn't even know this was a Skynyrd song

    Paranormal Explorer

    I'm ashamed I didn't find this version of the song until now.

  16. Robin Bell

    Shinedown is awesome at simple ma but noone beats Skynyrd

  17. Robin Bell

    Someone told me that was the house Lynyrd Skynyrd grew up in. Is that fact or gossip?

  18. Justin M

    True words to live by and an amazing cover

  19. Ginny McDermott


  20. Kronos Darkness

    Where I was young my mom told me if I don't straight up I end up in prison like my cousin she was wrong.

  21. Mr. Bubz

    My old preacher was my closest friend back from 2008-2018. He was so kind and nice, I was 2 when I met him, and he taught me what Christianity was, he taught me how to not only believe in a religion, but in myself and others. He always was there for me, through my mom and dads divorce, when my grandma died and the other grandma got cancer. He baptized me on February 12, 2016 (the anniversary is in 2 days) and I thought I couldn’t be happier. I kept going to church and seeing him until July 5, 2018, when My friend, that I had known since the beginning, died in a car crash. I was broken, I locked myself in a room for 3 days without food or noise, I was 12 and it sent me into almost a depression. I heard this song and it reminded me on how to be a Simple Man. I’m 13 now and I’m still and always be hurt by his death, but I know that his spirit still lives on. In my toughest times, I think about being a Simple Man. I want you all to know, there is a someone up above and there’s something to believe in. Trust yourself and don’t be afraid to take risks, Thank you for reading this novel 😂 I wish you all the best of luck and fortune, have an amazing day!

  22. Chris Simpson

    Holy shit, this guy got some pipes.

  23. Jamie Kloer

    Did the song justice. My favorite. Says everything that needs to be said about life in such a simple way. Three sons have lyrics framed in their walls.

  24. Jazmynn Havasu


  25. piglet ?

    Im gonna play this at my future wedding

  26. Richard Waddell

    That man can sing

  27. Doug Magee

    Way, WAY too oversung. We get it dude, you can sing really high.

  28. BillWasInnocent

    I lost a brother and I’ll never forget him singing this song

  29. Douglas Whitesides Jr


  30. Troy McCarthy

    Ol Mancer (I hope at least one person sees this comment and gets what I mean?)

  31. Drama King

    This version of this song is breathtaking. Love this guys vocals. Ronnie VanZant would love this...So if you think it sucks fk you lol

  32. Cary Cummings

    Great cover.Sounds great.All the Lynard Skynard band members who passed are surely listening from heaven

  33. TheNosferatu666

    WELL DONE Boys ✌️👏👍

  34. trump2020 MAGA

    Dedicated to my boyfriend, my love. To someone who never had a mother that would say these words to him. I love you baby, you have come SO FAR. You finally found love and now know what a normal life is supposed to be like.

  35. David Treadway

    Simple Man was written by Ronnie Van Zant and originally performed by Lynard Skynner

    Watchdog U.S.A.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

  36. Dorissa Garcia

    This reminds me sooo much of my older brother who passed away unexpectedly in July 2018. He was definitely one unique being. Love you "Gookie" to the moon and back. You were a simple man❤👍

  37. chris Williams6582

    This is one of their best songs.

  38. Brandie Nichole

    I love this version better than the original and I don't care who that pisses off or why it would. It's my opinion. This rendition is amazing. So is Lynderd Skynder's but I just love this one more. Also, Jenson Ackles sings this song and he sings it amazingly. He could easily have a career in singing after he's done with Supernatural this last season.

    Watchdog U.S.A.

    I agree. By the way - Lynyrd Skynyrd.

  39. stephanie williams

    A mother's song to her first born son❤️💙🌹🌷

  40. Scott Riddle

    Not even close to Ronnie Vanzant.

  41. PabsyBonez

    My pet dog sung this song with my pet bunny together as they both passed. RIP Pete and Fluffers xx

  42. Dylan Morrison

    I have really bad anger i have tried every RX there is for it and none of it works but this song is like haven.

  43. micheal farley

    Playlist is never complete without this song!!!
    Anyone tell me the year n make of the great truck they are driving in the video??? Just curious but do want too know!!! Thanks in advance!

  44. Louis Milo

    wanna be lynyrd skynrd

  45. emcee 98

    Goddamn this is horrendous.

  46. José Eric

    Umas das melhores músicas que Ouvi 🤘🤘

  47. Christian Dad

    I like to pray & then play this on my acoustic on Friday mornings.

  48. Henry Rodriguez

    I survived. Because of this song

  49. Ash Star

    A year ago today- January 23rd, 2019, this version was playing on the radio on the way to my mom's funeral. I know it's a song intended for a son, but I think the words can be for daughter as well. I took this as a sign from my mom since she was my best friend and life is not the same, my heart is broken and I miss her so much. I love you forever and always mom, rest in peace. ❤️

  50. John Scano

    Love Mom.

  51. Julien Gallini

    Wow! Didnt know about this version! They made a really good job, always wanted to hear what it sounded like on acoustic guitar

  52. Uhm.Nightmarish

    I'm here, mom. I always come back.

  53. Gabriel Aragão

    Brent then was just like Dave from Boyinaband

  54. niceguy391987

    Absolutely love it, the Deftones also did a great job, but this is epic.

  55. Meowskiii

    I am blown away! chills! WoW!

  56. SorryI'mCanadian

    This cover of the song was the first time I heard it at all. It was utterly crushing and had me broken.

  57. craig lindemann

    love u guys!!

  58. Samantha Lambert


  59. dave gaetz

    Gawd this is shit, let's get as many shots of piercings and hair highlights as possible, and also did I mention this totally shits on the original version. This is soulless garbage. Long live Lynyrd Skynyrd, THE ORIGINAL BAND THAT HAD SOUL.

    Samantha Lambert


  60. William Bohlman

    I grew up on skynards version.. love old skynard.. but I love this song.. it's the only version that is good enough and does respect to the original

  61. apalosamoretti

    fantastico brano veramente super super

  62. Roger Rice

    They dam sure did a good job on this song.

    Samantha Lambert


    Samantha Lambert

    Agreed that voice wow ,,

  63. MARY Hubble

    Yeah Baby! Be's so got it baby!

  64. EsS Cay

    Dedicated to my beautiful son Cody Crowell
    He is the easiest man to love in the entire UNIVERSE!!!!

    It would be impossible to find a more simple man that ever drew a breath and I would bet my soul on that

    I love you more than anything else my only son ... God himself sent you to me 23 years ago and I owe him EVERYTHING for that.

    call my name and I’ll be there baby...

    The most blessed mom of all time

    I love you babe I’ll continue to thank God for you every single second of my life

    Love your momma

  65. Nichole

    His voice is just as amazing as this cover is!

  66. michel trepanier

    ouvre tes oreilles

  67. SDR Picasso

    Who else heard this after he heard the Jensen Ackles cover? Just me? Ok...

  68. chelle grrl

    Found this link in a old email from my daughters dad. Never knew he sent this. He passed away 7/10/2019
    This hits in a different way today.

  69. ArDuFeBa

    Life is like a melody, the vibration of energy.
    Love is the very harmonic vibration of high frequent energy, performing the soundtrack of eternity.
    This is the god frequency, where everything imaginable becomes possible.
    Seek inside - Love is the key.

  70. Holger Illitsch

    I am real Metal Guy, i like your metal/ rock Music.
    But his voice has soo much more.
    Your Band should be foreever.
    I'm from austria, now they play you on Radio, better now then never.
    I know you for simple man, awesome voice, you should focus on that.
    Not expect i would ever tell negativ of you, your Rock/Metal is real good

  71. Richard Wahlers

    If you cover this you best bet you put your heart and soul into it. I don’t listen to them, but he nailed this one. I’d like to see someone match or do better

  72. Ivo Sokolov

    Saw them in december 2019 in Olimpia - Paris. Before Alter Bridge. Still great voice!

  73. Maryalice Raven Gallegos

    I'm amazed, Lynard Skynard lost this song when Shinedown poured his Heart and Soul into this beautiful touching song. Thank You..... ❤❤❤ Raven

  74. Katie Lajune

    This song was played at my high school sweethearts celebration of life . I can’t listen to it without breaking down .

    Craig Garvey

    Life is a mystery, not for us to understand. Peace be with you young lady

  75. 4545458956

    2020 and this is still the best version ever of this song!

    Crying Angel

    4545458956 May I ask why not lynard skynard?

  76. Dangerna

    Best version ever!

  77. Joe Turd

    Unpopular opinion, this is better then the original Lynyrd skynyrd version.

    Mike Patterson

    I agree

  78. Hiroko sudo

    oh, he makes me cry.

  79. Derrick Sommerville

    Awesome!!! More soulful than the original great work just learned about the group from co workers until now never heard of them a fan [email protected]

  80. Byron Tumlinson

    Momma always gave good advice. Wish I had listened more. Love you momma see you on the other side.

  81. Dislocated Koko

    My bialogical father sent my mom this song for me to listen to it I haven’t seen my dad sense birth, I just met him a month ago.

  82. Roy Hillson

    Simple condom man?

  83. Greg Stewart

    Im 53 loved this song since I was a boy. Work everyday. Now I challenge this younger generation to do the same. We need to put the game system down and grow up.

  84. )0( sullyswytch )0(

    This is an anthem from all the mothers to their sons. Every time I hear it son comes to mind. Whether it be this version or the original. So to my son..Axl, I love you!!!

  85. Proven Cures

    Those vocals wow

  86. TheDro86


  87. Bo Coward

    Life of additions and failure is what we hide but our mothers no it takes a good woman to save A GOOD MAN .IT'S SIMPLE.

  88. blu boi

    Thank you shinedown this song gets me through so much

  89. Ariel Jones

    My new 2020 playlist

  90. John Duren

    Totally destroyed a beautiful song.

  91. Madalynn Speakman

    My dad used to sing this to me and it brings back lists of minors and every now and the I will ask him to sing it to me I love my dad ❤️

  92. Jay F

    2020 and my all time fav song.

  93. Jean-Marie Keough

    wow! what powerful version of simple man....... beautiful so strong ..... am sure lynyrd skynyrd would be more then impressed his voice!!!

  94. Michele Plouffe

    My son just dedicated this to me. One of the most beautiful gifts I've received.


    Are you really allowed to dedicate songs that aren't yours lol, never understood that

  95. Tim Filip Steinsveen


  96. firepowerunlimited

    It’s 2020 still rocking—Simple Man— 🦾🔥

  97. Amber VanAllen

    I have 3 boys this resonates so heavy with me... love the original as well!!! Can’t wait to have this talk with my little men. When I’m gone I want all my children to remember my advice.... my baby girl and my 3 boys!!!!!! Jan 2020

  98. Amber Gartin

    I play this song to my baby boy that’s in my belly 🖤 This is my favorite version.