The Ballad of Curtis Loew Lyrics

Lynyrd Skynyrd


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins
album: Track 6 in album Second Helping
release date: 1974
popularity : 890 users have visited this page.
length: 4:52
piano: Al Kooper
drums: Bob Burns
electric bass guitar: Leon Wilkeson
keyboard: Billy Powell
acoustic guitar: Al Kooper
electric guitar: Ed King, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington
producer: Al Kooper
lead vocals: Ronnie Van Zant
background vocals: Al Kooper
composer: Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins

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Well, I used to wake the mornin'
Before the rooster crowed
Searchin' for soda bottles
To get myself some dough
Brought 'em down to the corner
Down to the country store
Cash 'em in, and give my money
To a man named Curtis Loew

Old Curt was a black man
With white curly hair
When he had a fifth of wine
He did not have a care
He used to own an old Dobro
Used to play it 'cross his knee
I'd give old Curt my money
He'd play all day for me

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money
Tune up your Dobro
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues

He looked to be sixty
And maybe I was ten
Mama used to whoop me
But I'd go see him again
I'd clap my hands, stomp my feet
Try to stay in time
He'd play me a song or two
Then take another drink of wine

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money
Tune up your Dobro
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues

Yes, sir

On the day old Curtis died
Nobody came to pray
Ol' preacher said some words
And they chunked him in the clay
Well, he lived a lifetime
Playin' the black man's blues
And on the day he lost his life
That's all he had to lose

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, hey Curtis Loew
I wish that you was here so
Everyone would know
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
'Cause Curtis you're the finest picker
To ever play the blues



Thanks to fLANDERZ for the correction

Track Listing

  • 1 Sweet Home Alabama
  • 2 I Need You
  • 3 Don't Ask Me No Questions
  • 4 Workin' for MCA
  • 5 The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  • 6 Swamp Music
  • 7 The Needle and the Spoon
  • 8 Call Me the Breeze