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Tuesday's Gone by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Album: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerdReleased: 1973
  • 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)
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Comments: 55

For many years, I thought the 'strings' in this tune were a cheesy recording of an orchestra - even though 'I loved that cheese'! When I realized it was actually a melotron, I completely fell in love with that melotron sound. Some other VERY cool melotron sounds can be heard at the beginning of 'Strawberry Fields Forever', & in Red Hot Chili Pepper's 'Snow' (Hey-Oh). Seriously - listen to RHCP's 'Snow' if only for that melotron!!Dan - Newton, Ks
No matter what the facts or how you interpret this song, I still see it as a sad song...Ken - San Mateo, Ca
This is one of the Best bands to have ever existed. Their music is timeless. I just wish they played more of the "gems" on the radio. I have to admit a personal 'thing' for Ronnie V.S. he is THE MAN.
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Sherry - Landenberg Pa, Pa
I was (and still am) a true Lynyrd Skynyrd fan. I remember the night of their plane crash, my (then) boyfriend picked me up at work and told me the bad news. This then came on the radio and I started to cry... he laughed at first until he could see I was really devastated, then he felt bad. I am an older Mamma Bear now, and one of my daughters plays piano. I hope someday she'll play this song for me in one of her bands. She can play just the solo part now, and it still makes me cry....Pj - Twain Harte, Ca
The studio version is incredible. I heard a demo version on You Tube and it was very ruff.. Al Kooper really turned it into a masterpiece.
I play piano for a few Skynyrd Tribute bands and I play an instrumental piano solo right before freebird at gigs. You can just to go you tube and type in my name and take a listen. My all time fav songs...
Rich Tancredi - New York, Ny
Gary Rossington plays the main guitar part on his 59`LP. That fat guitar sound is just great. So70s
I`ve read an interview with Rossington and Collins back in the late 70s and they said the song`s another `road song` about a band member leaving to go on tour, `Leaving my woman.. at home`. Its not about someone getting killed by a train or some unfaithful snag. In the 70s `road songs` were quite popular. Check out Highway Song by Blackfoot, Turn the page by Bob Segar or Skynyrds own Free Bird. All are excellent examples.
Weedz - Dunedin, New Zealand
My apologies Ed the duplication was not intentional.Randy - Beaumont, Tx
This song is featured in the final scene of 'Happy Gilmore' and was also featured in the Discovery Channel Program 'Deadliest Catch' during the Farewell Tribute to Captain Phil Harris. It has also been covered by Hank Williams Jr.Randy - Beaumont, Tx
I first heard this song performed by Ronnie Van Zandt and the original band live at the Knebworth festival outside London in 1976 . They played just before the Stones finale and boy did the Stones have a hard act to follow . What a band !Phil - Glasgow, United Kingdom
I can't say how much I love & adore this song.It's sad,It's bluesy,It's about a train & "I'm leavin' my woman @ home".My farorite part is the bridge with the piano leading up to where the strings come in.Pure beauty.Also,I think it was Ronnie's best singing ever.Dane - Lima,ohio, Fl
I have heard this song 15 times today - truly addictiveGeorge - Bangalore, India
Micheal from GSO, NC. what do you mean who names a girl "Tuesday", who names a boy Micheal, com on man, and, Metallica's version is good, but no as good as, skynyrd'sEmmett - Canadian, Tx
hank williams jr. does a great version of this song , he puts a little twist on it though. billy powell's organ makes the song for me. and all you people who first heard this in happy gilmore my god where have you been? ya'll sure have missed alot of good musicEd - Lake City, Fl
All I can say is musical genuises.John - Welch, Wv
This song is not only about the name of the girl, but how Ronnie and his friends would always get together on Tuesday night's and all of a sudden it was gone out of nowhere.Justin - Toronto, On
I just love the way Ronny slides his words to match the whammy bar guitar.
Simply beautiful work from that guitar, too, whether it was Gary or Allen, I am unsure, though.
Oldpink - New Castle, In
Clearly this song is about a woman named Tuesday who just wont stop nagging Van Zandt. If you look at the lyrics he is wishing a train would take him away before the next nag fest begins which will be shortly since he hears her blowing like the wind outside his door. In the next line he reminds himself that the next time he is on tour he is leaving this bag of wind at home.

If thats not enough proof, just look at the other verses. He says he doesn't care where the train takes him he just wants to "be left alone". Meaning this woman is relentless. Its a rare woman that can drive you so nuts you don't care where the train takes ya, just as long as it is away from all the fricking nagging. Nag Nag Nag. He decides when the train stops he will try touring again but he is definetly not going to do it with this chick. He is going to leave her at home. I'm sure many will not buy into my interpretation, but I'm quite sure that it is accurate. Any man who has had to deal with a "Tuesday" in their life will be hard pressed to disagree with my interpretation.
John - Cornelius, Nc
epic never forgetting guitar who think of these thingsMatt - New York, Brunei Darussalam
It was also featured on the movie "Prefontaine" when Pre meets up with his ex girlfriend at a local bar. Great songAj - Waco, Tx
Billy Powell on the piano....awesomeGeo - Altoona, Pa
No word can describe how great this song is!!!
First heared this song on Happy Gilmore.
Hannes - Jhb, South Africa
To Dutch from Montour Falls, NY... the song is pretty much a woman being left behind. its the perfect interpretation.Jose - Miami, Fl
THANK GOD FOR RONNIE VAN ZANTRob - Maspeth, Ny
I, firstly, am not a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, but I absolutely love this song. Van Zant's voice, the instruments, and what I guess would be the ideas in this song create something very special for me. I don't know what it is, but this song seems to strike every sorrowful or sad heartstring I have. Maybe the bluesy feel? Or the train imagery? Whatever it is, this is a great song.Jon - West Bend, Ia
Happy Gilmore? How old are you people? Kidding. I am so old I heard it live - amazing. And I think I'm the only LS fan that hates Free BirdDd - Indianapolis, In
this song describes a lot in my life, its a great song and very under appreitieted compared to freebird . i thank that this song is about a girl or something else special going away and nothing can be done to bring it back.Tim - Deer Park, Oh
PS - I named my motorcyle club after this Great song! Tuesday's Gone MC!Dutch - Montour Falls, Ny
You are ALL wrong! Tuesday is the DAY. He is saying good bye to the past; it is a carpe diem song. If he is leaving his woman at home then that shows that it is he leaving her but when he writes, "Tuesday it seems, she had to be free, I leave my woman at home..." Then you know Tuesday and his woman are two different entities. Tuesday's gone but a new day approaches. He seemingly picked that name because it can be mistaken for a woman's name.Dutch - Montour Falls, Ny
I was actually named after this song. Granted, my father was a hippie.Tuesday - Worcester, Ma
Love this song. I hate to say it Freebird shows what you can do with guitars but I think this song is pure song writing and vocals.

It is a very under appreciated song.
Richard - Pekin, Il
Hey Tuesday-the actress your named after is Tuesday Weld, not Welds. Congrats though-cool name.John - Wilmington, Nc
Pure, unadulterated Southern Rock!!! Wait, I think I read that in a review or somethin' bout Lynyrd Skynyrd once. Anyway, on of their best.*****David - Green Bay, Wi
The episode of "My Name is Earl" that this song appears in is "Randy's Touchdown", the third episode of the first season.Mitch - Vicksburg, Mi
This song makes me very nostalgic fo no reason at all. Anyway, it's my favorite Lynard Skynard song EVER. This song is sad too, and almost makes me cry(Just kidding.)Blake - Hamilton, Oh
MY NAME IS TUESDAY..so yes, someone would actually name their daughter Tuesday, thank you! I am named after Tuesday Welds--not Wells--and a high shool teacher of mine gave me this song because she thought it was so cool that my name was Tuesday--it's been my favorite song since!Tuesday - Baton Rouge, La
I first heard this on an episode of My Name is Earl, Later i realized it appears on Happy Gilmore. A truly underated Skynyrd song.Joseph - Wise, Va
This song is one of my favorite songs of all time! I first heard this song in Dazed and Confused and I love it!!!!! This song was also in an episode of My Name Is Earl.Brittany - Hamilton, Canada
this is an awsome song. even if the girls name is tuesday, in terms of days of the week, there is always wednesdayTj - Woodbridge, Va
good movies and song!!!!Heather - Irving, Tx
First time I heard this song was on the car radio after I had just left my wife on a flight out of Denver Intl. We had problems, and I felt sad and depressed. This song just about finished me off. We came through though.Dan - Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is an awesome tune arguably the best musical arangement of all Skynyrd songs. This would be awesome with a full orchestra! I agree it is about a girl named Tuesday (anyone remember the actress Tuesday Wells?, and in French Mardi is Tuesday, as in Mardi gras) But Tuesday left him, not the other way around... so he had to catch a train to get away for awhile.
Hank Williams Jr. also covers this song, although he changes a few words and relates it to the death of his woman.
Martin - Santa Monica, Ca
The fact that her name is a day of the week seems to signify that she is a stage in the speaker's life which is fading into the past. The speaker must move on to another day of his life's week and must pick up and leave town, in the nomadic tradition of Southern rockers. I don't think the relationship between the girl's name and time can be ignored.Andy - Pittsburgh, Pa
Probobly the GREATEST band ever. Tuesday's Gone is an amazing song and is there best song next to the over played ones. Like sweet home and freebird. I also agree with Jessica fomr NY with it being about a day of the week. I always thought that too. This song is a very moveing song, next to claptons song like tears in heaven and fathers eyes. Tuesdays gone is an Awsome and unapreciated song.

-FREEEEEEBIRD!-
Sean - Private Info :), Ne
This song is so emotional. I love to listen to it when I feel depressed, especially when I'm on the train, and moreso if it's raining out. They really did a fantastic job.Stephen - Calgary, Canada
Here is the story I was told about the song by someone close: Tuesday was the name of one of the band member's girlfriends. Tuesday was on her way to one of the bands gigs and was hit by a train and died. The lyrics were written by Collins and VanZant for their pal.T - J'ville, Fl
This song also appears in Prefontaine. Great movie, great song.Paul - Ithaca, Ny
Please people, I cover this tune in our set and it is a very simple and hard hitting song.
Everyone seem to think that he is going away and leaving her "Behind". It sound like yall are confusing this song with Free bird.
It is simple... This song is about the girl that would not be true. she couldn't be burdened with being tied down. with him, as one. she had to be free...meaning doing what she wanted to do. be what she wanted to be other than what he wanted.
SO HE LEFT Town and is gonna try to move on...Because she's gone out doing what she what to again. he can't deal with it and left. taking him far, away.
But it's open for interpretation as all songs are. it's really what you get out of it and take for your own that brings you your truth. as all music does.
Sandy - Sudbury, Canada
I love this song...I heard it on Happy Gilmore and tried literally for years to find out who did it and was surprised that L.S did. I really like them, and had no clue they did this song.Shana - Pembroke, Canada
Two questions: Who names a girl "Tuesday"?
Metallica's version is "good"?
OUCH
Michael - Gso, Nc
Sure, I agree that Tuesday is the name of a girl and that was the basis of the whole song(which I also believe is a very unappreciated song).

Yet when I was younger I had always taken the song to mean something else. I thought that 'Tuesday' simply referred to the day of the week and that it meant Tuesday had passed just like every day seems to slip between our grasp and disappear. That perhaps 'Tuesday' was a special day or the day the couple in the song had to go their separate ways. That in all ways 'Tuesday' represented moving on in life for whatever reason, which would make sense to me why it was played at the end of Happy Gilmore when Happy sees Chubs in Heaven and realizes how he has to move on with his own life. Of course, that is just how I saw the song as a child.
Jessica - York, Pa
My fourite song for sure- and Metallica's version is a good one to hear if you really like the original.Chad - Fsj, Canada
Very unappreciated song in my opinion. I always felt like this was Ronnie's best vocal performance. I can hear/feel the emotion in his voice, especially when he sings "somehow I've got to carry on". Song has always moved me.Bob - Boca Raton, Fl
This is a wonderful song.I have always thought that Tuesday had killed herself for some unknown reason. Ronnie sang that he was leaving her behind, but he also sang that Tuesday had to be free.
I suppose it could be as simple as leaving a girl named Tuesday but I like to think that it was a little more than that.
Bill - Hillsboro, Tx
"In this song, Tuesday is the name of a girl. It's about going away and leaving her behind."

Good call.
Jefferson - Nekoosa, Wi
This is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's best songs. I first heard it on Happy Gilmore. I also heard it on dazed and confused. Both of these movies are great. I have downloaded Metallica's Version. It was great. I don't think I heard a better cover of a song. If you haven't heard, I suggest that you do. On the newest greatest hits (thyrty) Blues Medley is a great song. I loved.Brett - Moore, Ok