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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird Meaning

Song Released: 1974

Freebird Lyrics

If I leave here tomorrow
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...


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    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.


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    Aug 16th, 2014 8:14am report

    A man who decided it was safe to come out after living a lie all his earlier years with his wife.


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    Jun 20th, 2014 6:41am report

    Free Bird..
    Free as in..... free from a relationship....but what a fitting tribute to the souls & memorium of all those of LS & Allman Brothers that died the violent deaths...motorcycle accidents & airplane crash.


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    Sep 12th, 2013 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.


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    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.)


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    Jan 24th, 2009 1:00pm report

    Ssheska77 this song was written before the plane crash so its not a farewell to Ronnie and the other three and if it is than Ronnie did a kick ass job of singing it from heaven


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    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.


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    Oct 16th, 2008 10:01pm report

    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    Mar 10th, 2008 3:17pm report

    I've never herd such a great song that was meant to be a love song.


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    Dec 5th, 2007 12:47pm report

    O.K whoever made the interpretation above this one about passing on from life is, lets see, an IDIOT....the songs meaning is as a few of the other interpretations stated, Ronnie Van Zant was a free man, an American, he would do what h wanted how he wanted and when he wanted, and was very stubborn so what he said went...now to the idiot part...the meaning of the song doesn't change it keeps its original meaning Ronnie, Gary, and Allen wrote the song together for that meaning, and since Ronnie was one of the 4 that did die, how is he gonna change the meaning??? no shit huh?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    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.


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    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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    Jul 26th, 2006 7:17am report

    In an interview while out fishing ronnie van zant was asked about freebird. He said that there is nothing more free than a bird, to fly wherever it wants to go.


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    Apr 27th, 2006 4:23am report

    In my opinion, this song is a farewell and passing on. As we know Lynyrd Skynyrd had terrible tragedies occur within there band mates.

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