Tuesday's Gone

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"Tuesday's Gone"
Song by Lynyrd Skynyrd from the album (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Released August 13, 1973
Recorded Studio One, Doraville, Georgia, April 3, 1973
Genre Southern rock
Length 7:32
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Ronnie Van Zant
Allen Collins
Producer(s) Al Kooper
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) track listing
"I Ain't the One"
"Tuesday's Gone"
"Gimme Three Steps"
"Tuesday's Gone"
Song by Metallica from the album Garage Inc.
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded September–October 1998 at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California.
Genre Southern rock
Length 9:05
Label Elektra Records
Writer(s) Ronnie Van Zant
Allen Collins
Producer(s) Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Mark Whitaker
Garage Inc. track listing
"Whiskey in the Jar"
"Tuesday's Gone"
"The More I See"

"Tuesday's Gone" is the second track on Lynyrd Skynyrd's first album, (Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd). One of the band's most popular songs, its relaxing pace and serenading guitars have made it a fan staple.[citation needed] The lyrics are band frontman Ronnie Van Zant's realization that his normal life is finished forever with the band's new MCA/Sounds of the South record deal.[citation needed] "Tuesday," representing life as it was, is gone with the wind.[citation needed] The song is similar in mood to the band's signature tune "Free Bird". Once in an 1975 radio interview, a caller asked Allen Collins, the song's co-writer, what his favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song was and Allen answered "Tuesday's Gone".[citation needed] Al Kooper adds upfront Mellotron string sounds to the chorus of the song. It is one of a few Lynyrd Skynyrd songs on which Bob Burns, the original founding member and drummer, did not play. Atlanta Rhythm Section's drummer Robert Nix played on the studio version. Bob Burns, however, can be heard playing on the demo version from the same session.

Cover versions[edit]

Metallica covered "Tuesday's Gone" on the album Garage Inc., which features special appearances from Gary Rossington, on guitar Pepper Keenan from Corrosion of Conformity, John Popper from Blues Traveler, Les Claypool from Primus, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, Jim Martin formerly of Faith No More, credited as Fatso.

In 1994, a cover version was recorded by country music artist Hank Williams, Jr., as part of a compilation titled Skynyrd Frynds, which featured several country acts performing covers of Skynyrd songs.

Ian Stuart Donaldson of Skrewdriver covered the song with Stigger on the Patriotic Ballads 2 album.

In 2004, Faycel and Pelo covered the song on their first album, entitled Mickey Mouse, released only in Tunisia.

On July 13, 1999, Phish covered the song for an encore at the then-called Tweeter Center (now the Xfinity Center) outside of Boston, in Mansfield, Massachusetts[1]

In 2001, a previously unreleased demo version of the song was featured as a bonus track on the reissued and expanded CD. The demo version is also available on the 2005 Chronicles CD box set.

Bluegrass versions of the song were recorded by The Stevens Sisters, Beth and April Stevens, on their 2002 CD Little By Little, and by Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time on their 2004 tribute CD Lonesome Skynyrd Time.

Atlanta Rhythm Section covered the song on the 2011 album With All Due Respect on the Fuel 2000 Records label.

The prog rock band Ellipsis covered the song, featuring Frankie Avalon Jr. (son of Frankie Avalon) on drums, Dino Papanicalaou (Neil Young's Crazy Horse) keys, and Joseph Michael (Midnight Reign, White Wizzard) vocalist. It is released on HRX Records The Ellipsis Sessions.

Media usage[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a Tuesday, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.[citation needed]


  1. ^ PT | Phish | Shows | 07/13/99 Tweeter Center Boston - Mansfield, MA
  2. ^ My Name Is Earl | Season 1 | Episode 3 - Track Listing