Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird Meaning
Song Released: 1974
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
’cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.
But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
’cause I’m as free as a bird...
SpikeRulesHell Jan 28th, 2006 1:16am report
First of all, I have to say that this is by far my favorite song-period-and my interpretation of it may be a bit biased.
As many people know, this song is LS's tribute to Dwane Allman. It was originally written as a simple love song, though. The original song didn't have any piano in it. In fact, this song is the reason the keyboard player (Billy Powell) joined the band (before, he was just a roadie.
Ironically enough, this song was rejected by several record companies because it sounded too much like an Allman Bros. Song!
Freebird is, in my opinion, is great song-one of those rare songs that really makes you think about life differently. The death of 4 of LS's original members only helped in making this song more legendary. There's no other song like it. I love this song.
anonymous Sep 12th, 9:45pm report
This song seems at first to be about not settling down with one girl and living the "average life", which sounds more simple minded than it actually is. The world is a big place and there is much to enjoy about it. A person is free as a bird because they have nothing holding them down, and this sounds like an asshole thing to say, but this is another reason they are free as a bird, because they are not afraid to admit to the kind of guys they are. In a world that looks down on this kind of guy, it is actually quite admirable in my opinion. When they say "And this bird you cannot change" its about not changing who you are, even if people think you are an asshole for it.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2012 7:41am report
Excuse me, but he wrote this song saying that he is like a free bird, unable to stay and commit to anything. (Hints using his girlfriends words in the opening of the song) (If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me.)
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2008 11:39pm report
The song was written as a tribute to Dwayne Allman after he died in a motorcycle accident. Any true fan of LS knows that. Go read a book.
Allen Collins played that to Ronnie for years, at times begging him to write lyrics for it. He finally did one day, in fifteen minutes. Although it can be interpreted as being about many subjects, it is simply about freedom, and the tendency not to stay in one place too long. Many people believe the famous guitar solo involves multiple players in a "free for all" type of jam. Those people are grossly mistaken, it is Allen playing the same solo twice in the studio, one over the other. If you listen closely, you can hear a slight variation between the two takes, this overdub gives it the "illusion" that there are many players at once. During the pre-recording evolution of this song as a live piece, the solo was added to give Ronnie a break from singing. Also, it originated as acoustic, much shorter than what you hear on the radio.
anonymous Sep 13th, 2008 9:51pm report
Are you serious? There is waaaaaayyyyyyy too much emotion for Free Bird to be just about groupies and one night stands. Have you heard the song or did you just read the lyrics? Anyway. My personal belief is that songs like Free Bird and other great songs like it that are a little ambiguous about the meaning are MENT TO BE THAT WAY! They are meant to help the listener through whatever they are going through. Death or Breakup, no matter the circumstances are hard and this song is about coping and letting go.
anonymous Jun 28th, 2008 6:48pm report
This song was written to groupies or potential groupies to get free sex and leave without feeling guilty for using them when they get emotional.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2008 3:17pm report
I've never herd such a great song that was meant to be a love song.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Jul 19th, 2007 7:35pm report
Originally intended to be a song about moving on from a lover and exploring the world, the meaning sort of changed after the fatal crash that ended the life of 4 of their band mates, ending the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, the song became a song about the passing from one life to another.
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2007 7:43pm report
Ronnie did say that "FreeBird" does reflect on his desire to literally be as free as a bird. He always thought of them as creatures with no boundaries and could just fly away. This is gonna sound crazy but the rest of the song is actually him breaking up with a girl in order to have no boundaries or limits himself. "If I stay here with you girl things just couldn't be the same / cause I'm as free as a bird now / and this bird you cannot change"
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