Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird" - Austin, TX 1999 (with Hughie Thomasson and Rickey Medlocke)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird" - Austin, TX 1999 (with Hughie Thomasson and Rickey Medlocke)




Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson Jr. (August 13, 1952 – September 9, 2007) was an American guitarist and singer, best known as a founding member of Outlaws. The band found success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a string of hits. He was also a replacement guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Thomasson wrote many of the songs for the Outlaws, including most of their more popular songs like "Hurry Sundown", "There Goes Another Love Song," and "Green Grass and High Tides". After Outlaws disbanded, Thomasson joined Lynyrd Skynyrd, leaving that band in 2005 to reform Outlaws. Before his death, he contributed to writing of many of Lynyrd Skynyrd's songs on their 2009 album God & Guns, including the single "Still Unbroken."


Thomasson died in his sleep on September 9, 2007, of a heart attack in his home in Brooksville, Florida. He was 55 years old.




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






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