Saturday Night Special (Lynyrd Skynyrd song)
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|"Saturday Night Special"|
|Single by Lynyrd Skynyrd|
|from the album Nuthin' Fancy|
|B-side||"Made in the Shade"|
|Released||May 19, 1975, 2000 (25th Anniversary Re-issue)|
|Genre||Southern rock, hard rock|
|Writer(s)||Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant|
|Lynyrd Skynyrd singles chronology|
Its lyrics refer to the cheap handguns popularly associated with the term Saturday night special, and associates them with impulsive violence; the following examples being given: a man being shot by a home intruder or shooting a cheating man in bed with his wife, a poker gambler shooting his gambling partner between the eyes during a losing night, and accidentally shooting oneself while intoxicated. Notably, it argues that they "[a]in't good for nothin' / 'Cept for puttin' a man six feet in a hole."
In popular culture
The song is featured in a Season 2 episode of the American television show Supernatural titled "What Is and What Should Never Be."
The song is played in Season 3 episode 5 of The Walking Dead, during the staged fight scene.
The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.
The song is featured in James Hardy's part in Fallen Footwear's "Ride the Sky" (2008).
A live version is on the Lynyrd Skynyrd album, Live At Winterland, which was released in 2009.
The song was made available to download on November 30, 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which allows use of a real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
Punk/thrash band The Accüsed covered this song on the 1991 EP Straight Razor.
|Canada RPM Top Singles||63|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||27|
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