Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#27);1973

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

“I was cutting the rug/Down at a place called The Jug/With a girl named Linda Lu.” Thus, begins Lynyrd Skynyrd’s immortal tale of a standoff between a gun-tottin’ jealous boyfriend and Linda’s yellow haired dancing partner. Just “gimme three steps” the singer/dancer begs before making his break for the door. Many of the songs on (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd) were based on true-life experiences as was this one. Gimme’s co-writer Ronnie Van Zant simply worked off a scene he and his friends had witnessed at a tavern one day. This slice of life approach coupled with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s instrumental brilliance and undeniable Southern-ness made for a stunning debut in 1973. Superstar producer Al Kooper, who had worked with everyone from Dylan to Hendrix, collaborated in the studio with Ronnie – who knew exactly what he wanted for his band – to create instant classics, such as Free Bird and Gimme Three Steps.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Al Kooper

Lyrics Written by:

  • Ronnie Van Zant
  • Allen Collins