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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird Meaning

Song Released: 1974

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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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    Oct 24th, 2018 10:02am report

    Because of depression I'm not the same person I once was. A happy person... one I feel is now dead. It is hard to explain. I want to be her again. Free with joy, happiness, laughter. To be free from my depresss and glide as a bird. A free bird. That is how I feel when I hear this song. Free and alive again.


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    Oct 24th, 2018 10:58am report

    Because of depression I'm not the same person I once was. A happy person... one I feel is now dead. It is hard to explain. I want to be her again. Free with


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    May 28th, 2018 5:20am report

    My husband died on February 27, 2018. 15 days before his death we found out he was sick due to cancer. The song is his way of telling us that he couldn't stay because his life as we knew it would never be the same. He was a "man's man" and his body and his health would never be the same and he would have never wanted to be taken care of. He is free of all pain and suffering, he has things he needs to see, and we will always remember him. For those reasons I had it played at his funeral. Everytime my grandkids see a bird they remind us that it is Pa Pa keeping an eye on them. May Donald Rest In Peace and know that he made an impact on our lives.


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    Oct 8th, 2016 10:22pm report

    Ronnie always said he would never love to be 30. I partially believe it was part of his good bye.


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    Apr 27th, 2016 4:25am report

    About letting go and moving on.


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    Apr 1st, 2016 4:23pm report

    Watch the music video it will change your perspective


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    Oct 28th, 2015 10:18pm report

    Getting hard times behind you an pushin forward its as simple as that.


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    Oct 26th, 2015 10:41pm report

    My ex-husband just passed away and left 2 children behind. Free bird was played at his funeral because he loved it. As a family we knew he couldnt change some bad habits He is indeed as free as a bird now and totally happy and healthy.


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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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