August’s Southern Song of the Month

I know that most people associate Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Sweet Home Alabama,” or maybe “Freebird,” but the band had a lot of good songs that never got radio play. While I debated on which song to pick for this month, wavering among “Things Goin’ On” and “Ballad of Curtis Loew” and “Swamp Music,” I settled on one that I can’t believe was never a hit: “All I Can Do Is Write About It,” from the 1976 album Gimme Back My Bullets, a song that addresses a Southerner’s love of place, love of nature, and disdain for suburban sprawl.

There’s not a lot to say about this song, because it says everything it’s going to. To my knowledge, it was never a hit or even a single, but it’s one of my favorite Skynyrd songs— and that’s enough for me.

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