The Allman Brothers Band Lyrics Quiz


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Legendary Southern rockers The Allman Brothers Band sure could tell a story with a song. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Allman Brothers lyrics.

This is one thing the woman in "Whipping Post" does NOT do.

"I've been run down and I've been lied to and I don't know why. She took all my money, wrecks my new car."


What did the father of "Ramblin' Man" do for a living?

We don't know if Ramblin' Man's daddy had another, more respectable job, but he was definitely a "gambler down in Georgia."


Which highway was the "Ramblin' Man" born on?

"I was born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus rollin' down Highway 41."


Where is the Ramblin' Man going this morning?

"I'm on my way to New Orleans this morning."


And where is he now?

"Leaving out of Nashville, Tennessee"


This Allman Brothers song has no lyrics.

Dickey Betts wrote the instrumental "Jessica" for his daughter.


This song doesn't have lyrics either.

The instrumental "Elizabeth Reed" is a classic live Allman Brothers song.


This was the first Allman Brothers song that got a video. It starts off, "Well, I am on the prowl baby, looking for someone to satisfy my needs."

"Good Clean Fun" (1990) was the band's first foray into video, and it wasn't a huge success.


Name that song: "I've been run down, and I've been lied to. And I don't know why I let that mean woman make me a fool."

There's a 22-minute version of "Whipping Post" on the Allmans' classic live album "At Fillmore East."


Name that song: "I've got to run to keep from hiding."

"Midnight Rider" is undoubtedly one of the Allmans' most enduring tunes.


Name that song: "Again, the morning's come, again he's on the run, a sunbeam's shining through his hair."

"But back home he'll always run to sweet Melissa."


Name that song: "Silent shadows of the night, faded with the morning light."

"For all the brothers of the road, just like you, we bear a heavy load."


Name that song: "I'm on my way to New Orleans this morning."

"Lord I was born a ramblin' man, trying to make a living and doing the best I can."


Name that song: "When morning comes and it's time to go."

"Pony boy carry me home."


Name that song: "Just one more mornin', I had to wake up with the blues."

When Gregg Allman was trying to persuade the rest of the group to let him join the band, "Dreams" won them over.


Name that song: "Last Sunday morning, the sunshine felt like rain."

"Meanwhile I ain't wasting time no more, cause time goes by like pouring rain, and much faster things."


Name that song: "Good old Sunday morning, bells are ringing everywhere."

"You're my blue sky; you're my sunny day."


What did Gregg Allman take "down the street and around the block, downtown where the big boys rock"?

It's the "All Night Train," i.e., his drug addiction.


"I'm tired of your slippery ways, I can't take your evil lying" is referring to the woman in the song ...

The Allmans have not been forthcoming about the identity of the black-hearted woman.


This song, which contains the lyrics "I'll live on and I'll be strong," is supposedly about the same "black-hearted woman."

Theories abound about the woman who's apparently the subject of both "Black-Hearted Woman" and "It's Not My Cross to Bear."


Longtime Allmans roadie Kim Payne got 5 percent of this song's royalties for writing the lines "I've gone past the point of caring, some old bed I'll soon be sharing."

Payne helped out Gregg when he was in a songwriting rut and received some "Midnight Rider" royalties for his trouble.


A little girl in a grocery store inspired the title of this song, which the band played at Duane's funeral.

Gregg had most of the lyrics written but couldn't find a fitting title/name, but then he heard a woman at the grocery store talking to her daughter, Melissa.


This song, which begins "wake up, momma, but turn your lamp down low," was also played at Duane's funeral.

"Statesboro Blues" is a Blind Willie McTell cover.


This song is about Gregg's then-wife, Julie.

Gregg and Julie had been married for about two years when "Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)" came out, but they divorced soon thereafter.


Which Allman Brothers song has the chorus "people can you feel it, love is everywhere"?

"Revival" was the Allman Brothers' first single to chart it peaked at No. 92 in 1970.


What song did Dickey Betts write with Don Johnson (yes, <i>the</i> Don Johnson)?

Betts and Johnson have been friends since the '70s and wrote a number of songs together, including 1979's "Blind Love."


What was the only original song the band members recorded that they didn't write?

The Allman Brothers played plenty of covers, but the only one of their original songs that they didn't write was "Sweet Mama (Lay Your Burdens Down)," by Billy Joe Shaver.


This is the song Gregg Allman says he's most proud of writing.

The band's version of "Midnight Rider" actually didn't chart, but Gregg's solo recording went Top 20.


What's the "one way out" in "One Way Out"?

"So raise your window, baby, I can ease out soft and slow."


This 1981 song was the Allmans' last Top 40 hit. It starts off, "You've heard every line before, my life's a revolving door."

"Straight From the Heart" is on the album "Brothers of the Road."


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