Van Zant wrote this with Steve Gaines, who joined the band as a guitarist in 1976. Gaines had an immediate impact on the band, writing or co-writing four of the eight songs on Street Survivors
, which was released three days before the group's plane crashed in Mississippi, killing Gaines, his sister Cassie (a backup singer with the group) and Van Zant.
Gaines is the only band member other than Van Zant to take a lead vocal in the pre-crash Skynyrd era. He sang lead on "Ain't No Good Life
" and shared lead vocals with Van Zant on "You Got That Right