Gimme Back Your Bullets Songs Ranked

Gimme Back My Bullets is the fourth studio album by American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, released on February 2, 1976. It reached number 20 on the U.S. albums chart and was certified gold on January 20, 1981 by the RIAA. The album was originally titled Ain’t No Dowd About It, in tribute to the producer Tom Dowd whom the band idolized. It remains the only studio album by the pre-crash lineup to have not yet reached platinum or higher in the United States, though it did include the minor hits “Gimme Back My Bullets” and “Double Trouble”. It is also the only studio album by the pre-crash lineup to contain more than eight tracks. Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis covered the song “Every Mother’s Son” on his 1996 solo album Martin + Me. Here are all of Gimme Back Your Bullets songs ranked.

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9. Roll Gypsy Roll

“The quality is obviously present here and Ronnie’s lyrics cut so deep, pointing the finger at those who were squeezing the band by forcing them to tour nonstop (the title track) or showing his fondness for traveling entertainers (Roll Gypsy Roll, by the way one of my favorite Skynyrd tunes). Ronnie’s vocals and lyrics are so heartfelt and the arrangement so moving……mmm, can’t play this song only once.”

8. Searching

“That melancholic guitar intro and solo by Gary is fantastic, and the final solos by him and Allen makes you miss the classic Skynyrd sound instead of the garbage (Hurts me to be so blunt but it’s the truth) the current band are doing nowadays.”

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7. Every Mother’s Son

“Every Mother’s Son” sounds a bit generic, but it’s still great. Still, hearing the original version by JJ Cale is never the same after hearing this slide guitar laden version. Ronnie van Zandt’s vocals are a little embarrassing on “Every Mother’s Son” to put it mildly.”

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6. Cry for the Bad Man

“Cry For The Bad Man is another gem as its poignant lyrics make you actually understand the shoes an outlaw walks in. Nice background vocals by the Honkettes on here.”

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5. (I Got The) Same Old Blues

“There’s also a cover of J.J.Cale’s “Same Old Blues” that has a great, almost funky, feel. Cool slide solo by Gary and also a great harmonica break by Lee Freeman, at last credited.”

4. Trust

“Skynyrd lost a lot when they lost Ed King, whose lovely Stratocaster work was a great asset to the band. They also lost Bob Burns, who I have to admit I prefer as a drummer to Artimus Pyle (even if he had a dull name in comparison!) When this album came out I thought it not nearly as good as its predecessors, but being that I love the band this album will do just fine and it does have some real crackers on it.”

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3. All I Can Do Is Write About It

“This is my favorite Skynyrd album. All the songs are great. There is no filler on this CD. Producer Tom Dowd was the best thing that could’ve happened to the band. He just let them do what they do best. As usual, Ronnie and his posse sing and play like they’re ready for a street fight. Ronnie is in charge and everything will be settled right now.”

2. Double Trouble

“Double Trouble is an autobiographical lyric about the several times his rowdy behaviour while drunk had put him behind bars. The riff is great though not as much as in Cry For The Bad Man. How I love this one. “

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1. Gimme Back My Bullets

“Gimme Back My Bullets  is a solid Skynyrd album even though it sold less than the other albums by the original lineup. Of course, any Lynyrd Skynyrd album with Ronnie Van Zant at the helm is a classic, and is essential to any Skynyrd collection. I wouldn’t start a Lynyrd Skynyrd collection with this one, but I most certainly wouldn’t leave it out, either. And you gotta love this album cover with the rowdy group lined up and defiantly drinking cans of Coors beer, too.”