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]


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