Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird Meaning
Song Released: 1974
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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...
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 Mar 10th, 2008 3:17pm report
I've never herd such a great song that was meant to be a love song.
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.
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