Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesdays Gone

I’m not a big fan of “southern rock” but this one I like. This song was on the (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) debut album of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The album has many classic songs on it and this is one of them. The melody is haunting and Ronnie Van Zant does a great job singing it.

Metallica and Phish both have both covered this song. The best cover version I’ve heard is a live version from Gregg Allman.  There was a train track near the place where the band rehearsed. The sound of the trains inspired lead singer Ronnie Van Zant to write the first line, “Train roll on, on down the line.”

From Songfacts.

This was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first album. The group was discovered by Al Kooper, a producer and session musician who had previously worked with Bob Dylan, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Zombies.

Kooper played some instruments and sang backup on the album, but his contributions were credited to “Roosevelt Gook.” On this, he played a synthesizer-like instrument called a Mellotron.

This song appears in a number of films, including Happy Gilmore (where it is used at the beginning and end of the movie), Boys Don’t Cry and Dazed And Confused.

This song is featured at the end of an episode of the TV show My Name is Earl. 

“Tuesday’s Gone” was a huge influence on Black Stone Cherry lead singer Chris Robertson. “Even when I was a kid that song just evoked a feeling in me that I could never describe,” he told Songfacts. “Still to this day that song makes me cry. Whenever we play with Skynyrd and they do that, that song puts tears in my eyes.”

Tuesdays Gone

Train roll on, on down the line,
Won’t you please take me far, far away
Now I feel the wind blow, outside my door,
I’m leavin’ my woman at home, oh yeah
Tuesday’s gone with the wind,
Oh my baby’s gone, gone with the wind
And I don’t know, oh, where I’m goin’
I just want to be left alone
When this train ends, I’ll try again
I’m leavin’ my woman at home

Tuesday’s gone with the wind
Tuesday’s gone with the wind
Tuesday’s gone with the wind
My baby’s gone, with the wind
Train roll on, Tuesday’s gone

Train roll on many miles from my home, see I’m
I’m ridin’ my blues, away yeah
But Tuesday you see, a she had to be free
Somehow I got to, to carry on

Tuesday’s gone with the wind
Tuesday’s gone with the wind
Tuesday’s gone with the wind
My baby’s gone, with the wind

Train roll on
My baby’s gone
I’m ridin’ my blues, baby
Tryin’ to ridin’ my blues
Ride on train
Ride on train
Ridin’ my blues, baby
Goodbye Tuesday, goodbye Tuesday 
Oh, oh, oh, train

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

4 thoughts on “Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesdays Gone”

  1. they’re ok, but not my favorite genre of rock. I like “Sweet Home Alabama” a lot, but not as much as radio on both sides of the border like it! Used to joke it was the “anthem” of Oshawa, the city I grew up in…seemed like you couldn’t go out to a bar or a store without hearing it in the ’80s (despite not even being in the same country as Alabama!)

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    1. In the south they are REQUIRED listening! Ronnie Van Zant was a good songwriter. Their inluences were Cream, Free, Stones, Yardbirds and Beatles… you can hear the British crunch in some of their stuff.

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