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In this song, Tuesday is the name of a girl. It's about going away and leaving her behind.
There was a train track near the place where the band rehearsed. The sound of the trains inspired lead singer Ronnie Van Zant to write the first line, "Train roll on, on down the line."
This was Lynyrd Skynyrd's first album. The group was discovered by Al Kooper
, a producer and session musician who had previously worked with Bob Dylan, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Zombies.
Kooper played some instruments and sang backup on the album, but his contributions were credited to "Roosevelt Gook." On this, he played a synthesizer-like instrument called a Mellotron.
This song appears in a number of films, including Happy Gilmore (where it is used at the beginning and end of the movie), Boys Don't Cry and Dazed And Confused. (thanks, Ben - Nashville, OH)
Metallica and Phish have both covered this.
This song is featured at the end of an episode of the TV show My Name is Earl. (thanks, Joseph - Wise, VA)
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.