Gimme Three Steps

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"Gimme Three Steps"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps.jpg
Single by Lynyrd Skynyrd
from the album (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
B-side"Mr. Banker"
ReleasedNovember 1973
RecordedMarch 29, 1973
StudioStudio One, Doraville, Georgia, U.S.
Length3:17 (single), 4:26 (album)
Songwriter(s)Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins
Producer(s)Al Kooper
Lynyrd Skynyrd singles chronology
"I've Been Your Fool"
"Gimme Three Steps"
"Don't Ask Me No Questions (remix)"

"Gimme Three Steps" is a song by southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd released on its 1973 debut album, (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd). It was written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant.


The song is based on a real-life experience Ronnie Van Zant had at a biker bar in Jacksonville known as The Pastime, having a gun pulled on him for dancing with another man's woman, and thus inspiring him to write the lyrics on his way home.[1] It's memorable for its opening riff and engaging narrative of how the singer was dancing with a girl named Linda Lou at a bar called The Jug when a man, probably the girl's boyfriend or husband, enters with a loaded .44 and catches them, angrily believing her to be cheating. The song's title refers to the chorus, where the interloper begs for a head start out of the bar: "Won't you give me three steps / Give me three steps, mister / Give me three steps towards the door? / Give me three steps / Give me three steps, mister / And you'll never see me no more."[2]

Van Zant would sometimes comment in concert, most famously at the Knebworth Festival in 1976 (and on One More From The Road), that he did not want to "fight him over that cunt anyway".[citation needed]


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