The Needle And The Spoon

Album: Second Helping (1974)
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Songfacts®:

  • In this song, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was warning about the dangers of hardcore drugs, which the band was just learning about. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Darden - Montgomery, AL
  • In 2015, Guitar World honored guitarist Allen Collins' solo, and his use of the wah-wah pedal to inject the Southern rock song with a hit of '70s psychedelia, by ranking it at #19 on the magazine's list of greatest wah solos of all time.

Comments: 8

  • Phillip from Huntsville, AlMuch is made about the line about Neil Young in "Sweet Home Alabama", but Van Zant later said it was just a line in a song and he had no malice toward Young. Van Zant often wore a Neil Young "Harvest" T-shirt on stage.
  • Jenn from MassCompletely different song than the Savoy Brown tune.
  • Dead Lee from Trumptopiaoriginally by Savoy Brown, ca.1970
  • Brandon W from Miami FlHas anyone heard the Junkie demo? I think Needle & the Spoon sounds like a sped up version of Junkie, with different lyrics.
  • Cory from Nashville, TnI always find it so ironic when I listen to this song when Ronnie says "I'm comin' home on an airplane flight"...
  • Jd from Fairfield, OhI love the riff in this song, I've had it stuck in my head for a while!
  • Windle from Montgomery, Al"The Needle And The Spoon" is a song about Allen Collins.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScThe title of this song reminds me of the song "The Needle and The Damage Done" by Neil Young. I've never heard this song though. I know Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote "Sweet Home Alabama" as a response to the Neil Young songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama", so this other similarity is very interesting.
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