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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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    CHAD
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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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    anonymous
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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.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    specialk2319
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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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    Ssheska77
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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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