Dead, Drunk, And Naked

Album: Southern Rock Opera (2001)

Songfacts®:

  • This is about Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins. Some of the anecdotes mentioned in the lyrics:
    Collins signed up for wood shop class in High School so that he could sniff glue all day. On one occasion, he passed out in class from sniffing glue.
    In 1986, Collins was involved in a death that resulted from drunk driving. His girlfriend was riding in the car with him when he crashed. She was killed while Allen Collins was paralyzed.
    Collins was convicted of DUI manslaughter after pleading no contest. He had a bad habit of drinking throughout his years with Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 1990, he died of pneumonia.
    At one point, Collins father forced him to cut his hair and get a job.
  • The entire album deals with the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Aaron - Twin Cities, MN, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Chris from South Bend, InSorry to say that Patterson Hood has said many, many times in concert, it is about "Guy he used to work in a pizza place with how was the poster child for why you should not sniff glue in jr. high school. He's a fine man, hell of a guitar player, and the worst damn pizza cook."

    Great song from great album.
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