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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 01:13 AM
Possibly the best Lynyrd Skynyrd song of all times. Lyrics, Vocals, piano....guitars. This is the quintessential Skynyrd song.

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 05:52 AM
BIGV, I remember hearing a radio interview years ago with one of the Skynyrd members who was asked if this song had a connection to anyone they knew from the past, and they answered it was written using Shorty Medlocke, Ricky's grandad, as a character reference.

As far as that being their best song, I guess that's subjective. I'd have to agree it's ONE of their best. EXCELLENT lyrical content.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 06:27 AM
This song actually puts images in my head as I listen to
the story. I identify cuz as a kid I used to see Pearly Brown
in downtown Macon ... and I had a kid's fascination. And
Mama used to pull me away and we keep going down the
street.. and I would look back over my shoulder at this
strange man who my mom seemed to think was faking.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 07:20 AM

I like the song, but I probably have around 20 more Skynyrd songs I like better.

My Stepson played "Curtis" over and over a few years back...kind of burned me out...like Freebird.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 07:52 AM
Agreed one of their better songs. I still like "All I Can Do Is Write About It"

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 08:25 AM
Curtis is definitely my favorite Skynyrd song. Its got it all: great story/lyrics, soulful vocals, Ed King's sweet hook and slide solo. What its all about.
 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:17 AM
One of my favorites.
 
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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:21 AM
I know Ronnie enjoyed singing that one!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:23 AM
I am not a LS fan but i love that song...

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:43 AM
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I am not a LS fan but i love that song...


same here. great tune.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:53 AM
My favorite - love the imagery.
 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:58 AM
probably my favorite LS song and one of my over all favorites...love it.
 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:28 AM
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This song actually puts images in my head as I listen to
the story. I identify cuz as a kid I used to see Pearly Brown
in downtown Macon ... and I had a kid's fascination. And
Mama used to pull me away and we keep going down the
street.. and I would look back over my shoulder at this
strange man who my mom seemed to think was faking.


Are you talking about Pearly the singing preacher, or the legless guy who scooted around downtown on the modified furniture dolly?
Curly actually would play a song for you, as long as it contained some gospel. My buddies and I would go downtown on our "missions of mayhem" once in a while. The two big events of the day was to get Curly to do a song, and go inside the Art Deco Southern Trust building (the tallest building between Atlanta and Jacksonville) and riding both elevators from top to bottom. Of course upon leaving ALL the buttons had to be pushed.
Other things was to stop off at Grant's Bakery, check out a movie at either the Capitol or Grand theater, eat at the Woolworth's' counter, and see if the old gypsy at the Trick Shop would come out and try to scare you.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:30 AM
here's a recent interview with Rickey Medlocke:

http://allmanbrothers.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&tid=76592#pid

here's an excerpt:

Jeb: He was part of the inspiration for the Skynyrd song “Curtis Lowe.”

Rickey: Ronnie, Gary and Allen used to come over and hang out at my parent’s home. He just took to those guys. Ronnie loved the blues and my old man played the blues. He used to ask him to play “Milk Cow Blues.” When they wrote the song Ronnie said his two favorite blues guys were Son House and Shorty Medlocke.




[Edited on 8/5/2008 by lonomon]

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:30 AM
I really dig Curtis Loew...not my alltime favorite Skynyrd tune but definately in the top 5....

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:34 AM
I stand corrected, then. Shorty was Ricky's dad, not grandad.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:49 AM
Actually, Dave, I believe he WAS his grandad, but Rickey called him Dad.

I love Swamp Music because of Ed King's fills, and the way that all the guitar parts are different but work together. I used to listen to that over and over on headphones.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:51 AM
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This song actually puts images in my head as I listen to
the story. I identify cuz as a kid I used to see Pearly Brown
in downtown Macon ... and I had a kid's fascination. And
Mama used to pull me away and we keep going down the
street.. and I would look back over my shoulder at this
strange man who my mom seemed to think was faking.


Are you talking about Pearly the singing preacher, or the legless guy who scooted around downtown on the modified furniture dolly?
Curly actually would play a song for you, as long as it contained some gospel. My buddies and I would go downtown on our "missions of mayhem" once in a while. The two big events of the day was to get Curly to do a song, and go inside the Art Deco Southern Trust building (the tallest building between Atlanta and Jacksonville) and riding both elevators from top to bottom. Of course upon leaving ALL the buttons had to be pushed.
Other things was to stop off at Grant's Bakery, check out a movie at either the Capitol or Grand theater, eat at the Woolworth's' counter, and see if the old gypsy at the Trick Shop would come out and try to scare you.


Maybe my memory is fuzzy after all the years. Were there 2 different individuals?
The man I remember definitely sang and played ... had a handicap which I think
was blindness. I think I remember him walking the sidewalk and playing (kinda had
that Fred G. Sanford shuffle). But I also have memory of him sitting down and
playing with a little "donation" sign. I grew up out Colaparchee/Zebulon Rd. area
and as a kid only made it downtown maybe once a month. All the movies were
downtown ... remember Roy G. Williams Drugstore was a hang spot. So Mama
would drag me into Davison's or Jos. N. Neel's for school clothes ... I'd come back
out and there was Pearly... singing and playing. And just like the song says my mama
didn't have to whup me ... but she did pull me away and tell me he was probably
faking.
Not sure if I remember the legless guy ... did he play and sing too? Or maybe I
do vaguely............... was Curly a different guy from Pearly?

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:53 AM
I love the tune and many others by LS. I play many of their songs in both band and duo gigs...great music just never goes away......

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 10:58 AM
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Possibly the best Lynyrd Skynyrd song of all times. Lyrics, Vocals, piano....guitars. This is the quintessential Skynyrd song.

Anyone agree?

very cool song. One of my favorites. That is right up there with their best, for me, along with "Am I Losin", "Made In The Shade", and "Comin' Home".

For some simply awesome blues, and some amazing Rhodes piano, I'll go for "Cheatin' Woman".

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 11:11 AM
Great classic song, well crafted!. Ed King says, they rarely played it live!. just one time he can remember.
 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 11:11 AM
Finally BIGV We agree on something.I think that's there best song also.What a miracle!

 

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This song actually puts images in my head as I listen to
the story. I identify cuz as a kid I used to see Pearly Brown
in downtown Macon ... and I had a kid's fascination. And
Mama used to pull me away and we keep going down the
street.. and I would look back over my shoulder at this
strange man who my mom seemed to think was faking.


Are you talking about Pearly the singing preacher, or the legless guy who scooted around downtown on the modified furniture dolly?
Curly actually would play a song for you, as long as it contained some gospel. My buddies and I would go downtown on our "missions of mayhem" once in a while. The two big events of the day was to get Curly to do a song, and go inside the Art Deco Southern Trust building (the tallest building between Atlanta and Jacksonville) and riding both elevators from top to bottom. Of course upon leaving ALL the buttons had to be pushed.
Other things was to stop off at Grant's Bakery, check out a movie at either the Capitol or Grand theater, eat at the Woolworth's' counter, and see if the old gypsy at the Trick Shop would come out and try to scare you.


Maybe my memory is fuzzy after all the years. Were there 2 different individuals?
The man I remember definitely sang and played ... had a handicap which I think
was blindness. I think I remember him walking the sidewalk and playing (kinda had
that Fred G. Sanford shuffle). But I also have memory of him sitting down and
playing with a little "donation" sign. I grew up out Colaparchee/Zebulon Rd. area
and as a kid only made it downtown maybe once a month. All the movies were
downtown ... remember Roy G. Williams Drugstore was a hang spot. So Mama
would drag me into Davison's or Jos. N. Neel's for school clothes ... I'd come back
out and there was Pearly... singing and playing. And just like the song says my mama
didn't have to whup me ... but she did pull me away and tell me he was probably
faking.
Not sure if I remember the legless guy ... did he play and sing too? Or maybe I
do vaguely............... was Curly a different guy from Pearly?


The guy on the scooter worked the area from the Krystal on Cherry St (the old Hole-in-the Wall one) around the corner up to where Belk Matthews was.
Curly was the blind guy, kept a Co-Cola crate close by to sit on. He had the area across 2nd Street Park. Worked the crowds at the Bibb Theatre and around the corner to Jos. Neels'.
Pearly had a tin cup attached to the neck of his guitar and worked pretty much all over downtown.
Had a lot of sodas and ice cream floats at Roy G. Williams, along with the oatmeal raisin cookies from Grants'. Last place in town, other than Cherokee Pharmacy, that had a real soda fountain where they mixed the syrup and soda water together.

Did you ever get to spend time at Washington Park?

 

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  posted on 8/8/2008 at 12:20 PM
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Possibly the best Lynyrd Skynyrd song of all times. Lyrics, Vocals, piano....guitars. This is the quintessential Skynyrd song.

Anyone agree?


Completely

 

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  posted on 8/8/2008 at 12:47 PM
Love that song...definitely my favorite.....told Lefty he had to learn it if he was going to play down South (lol).... he's been working on it so hopefully he'll play it soon!
 
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