Happy Birthday Brandon!

Love, Mom

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This song is dedicated to my son, Brandon on his 11th birthday.  There is such truth in the lyrics.  This is some of the best guidance I could give as a parent.  My favorite line from the original lyrics by Lynrd Skynrd:

“Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold.  All that you need is in your soul.”

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Official Music Video Link:  I chose the Shinedown version for the awesome vocals 🙂


Original Lyrics:  Lynyrd Skynrd, Simple Man

Mama told me when I was young
“Come 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”

“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, son, there is someone up above”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, 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”

“Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, 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”

Oh yes, I will

“Boy, 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 for you, my son, is to be satisfied”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, 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”

Baby, be a simple, really simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand.

Enjoy!

~Brandi

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