“Don’t Misunderstand Me”

The Rossington Collins Band (1979)

The Rossington Collins Band was a southern rock band founded in 1979 (Jacksonville, FL) by guitarists Allen Collins and Gary Rossington following the 1977 plane crash which killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, of which both had been members. The band included two other surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson. The band wished to develop their own sound rather than being regarded as a reformed Lynyrd Skynyrd, and toward that objective they hired a female lead vocalist, Dale Krantz, who later married Rossington. The Jacksonville-based band released two albums before disbanding in 1982. Their biggest hit, “Don’t Misunderstand Me,” charted in late 1980.

Dale Krantz Rossington is the wife of Gary and the female lead singer in the group and former back up singer for .38 Special.

Gary Rossington is still alive and living in Jacksonville, FL, though suffered a heart attack in 2015.

Allen Collins was involved in a car accident in 1986, driving a then new black Ford Thunderbird, claiming the life of his girlfriend, Debra Jean Watts, and leaving the guitarist paralyzed from the waist down, with limited use of his arms and hands. Collins pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol. He would never play guitar on-stage again. He died on January 23, 1990 from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis; he is buried beside his wife in Jacksonville, Florida. Quote from Allen Collins, “We are winners, not losers and we will do it again.”

Billy Powell died in 2009, less than a year from the time I met him and Leon Wilkeson died in 2001.

“Don’t Misunderstand Me”

“Oh well I know where you’re going
I see where you been
don’t you know by now you gotta take life on the chin
still you sit there wondering
why the past is gone
baby you’ll go under if you don’t carry on
don’t misunderstand me
I realize it ain’t easy to take
but you been hiding
and I been riding like the wind to find you,
Hey! just you!


I don’t need no promises

just tell me the truth
mister keep it honest
that’s all I ask of you
don’t be second guessing bout where you want to be
baby count your blessings cause you wont find one like me

don’t misunderstand me

I realize it ain’t easy to take
but you been hiding
I been running like the wind to find you


Well now lady get your dress on
grab them fancy shoes


Honey I’m ready and waiting on you
time is surely wasting
we’ve so much to do

Both: we’re to smart to be faking


and I know it doesn’t matter which road we take
or if it’s your way or my way


well lady let me tell ya
what we’re gonna do

Girl: uh huh

Guy: we’re gonna ride every highway


don’t misunderstand me
Babe, I realize it ain’t easy to take
but you been hiding
I been riding like the wind to find you
to find you
to find you
to find you
to find you”

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