Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium - Oakland, CA
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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium - Oakland, CA





Just three and a half months before the fateful plane crash that killed Skynyrd members Steve Gaines, his sister, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (of the Honkettes), and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd played this 4th of July weekend program in Oakland.


The show is closed with "Free Bird," which by many fans' estimations is only rivaled by Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" as the most epic closing song in rock history. Allen Collins handles most of the five-minute solo, while Gary Rossington plays the "bird-chirp" guitar parts, which are not on the original recording, as well as the slide work on the opening riffs. Billy Powell also plays a masterful piano solo that is unique to the live show.



Personnel:

Ronnie Van Zant - vocals

Allen Collins - guitar

Gary Rossington - guitar

Steve Gaines - guitar

Artimus Pyle - drums

Leon Wilkeson - bass

Billy Powell - piano

Cassie Gaines - vocals

Jo Billingsley - vocals

Leslie Hawkins - vocals




Lyrics



If I leave here tomorrow

Would you still remember me?

For I must be traveling on, now

Cause there's too many places I've got to see

But, if I stayed here with you, girl

Things just couldn't be the same

Cause I'm as free as a bird now

And this bird you can not change

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you can not change

And this bird you can not change

Lord knows, I can't change


Bye, bye, baby, it's been a sweet love

Though this feeling I can't change

But please don't take it so badly

Cause Lord knows I'm to blame

But, if I stayed here with you, girl

Things just couldn't be the same

Cause I'm as free as a bird now

And this bird you'll never change

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you can not change

And this bird you can not change

Lord knows, I can't change

Lord help me, I can't change

Lord, I can't change

Won't you fly high, free bird, yeah



Songwriters: Allen Collins / Ronnie Van Zant

Freebird lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group




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