Sunday, October 21, 2012

Charlie Daniels:

I'll never forget October 20, 1977.

We were just going on stage in St. Louis when we found that Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane had crashed and there had been fatalities, but the names would not be released until notification of next of kin.

It was a strange feeling walking on stage, knowing we had lost friends but not knowing which ones. It would be the early morning hours of the next day before I found out that Ronnie Van Zant had been among the fatalities.

I walked into a hotel room in Phoenix and wrote these verses in tribute to my friend.

A brief candle, both ends burning
An endless mile, a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird, you're free at last

We still miss you, Ronnie.  Love never dies.
Charlie Daniels

                                               The History of Lynyrd Skynyrd


Anonymous said...

They'd really be kickin some ass if they were all around today. Great Band!!!! Good blog name too!!!


Doc Sierra said...
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Doc Sierra said...

I remember that day very clearly. I'm not sure of the date but soon after, I saw Aerosmith and Wet Willie at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Wet Willie dedicated and played 'That Smell'. It was pretty emotional for the crowd at the Cow Palace that night. I still have the original album cover for Street Survivors.

Kimchi said...

Hey, today is Lynette's birthday lynyrd, aren't you going to say happy birthday? Lol