Sunday, October 10, 2010

Free

This is an older lyric from a batch I didn't receive until March 2nd, 2002. It may have already had music attached to it when I got it. That would have put it in the 1989 timeframe, when William was providing lyrics to a garage band. My guesswork on this is based on the fact that the manuscript I got already had chords on it. However, I discarded those because what I hear when I read it is something different (I think... not having heard the other).

It's a simple declaration of independence, suitably sung by either a man or a woman.

My initial impression was of a pretty straight Country song with an uneventful C-A-F-G progression. Now here's the thing... I wrote music to it in 2002. According to my notes, at the time I had a cold and was waiting for it to subside so I could record. BUT... I never did, and forgot the tune! So this is a re-write: while I varied the chords a bit and slapped a capo on the 1st fret, I didn't stray far. I do know that this is slower, and much better.

Free
wmh 1989(?) (revised 10.09.2010)

I won't come back
You won't find me in your lovin' arms
'Cause I've seen the trap
And I've got no use for all your charms
All by myself
I'm gonna live my life alone
And be free --

I'll always be free
Free as I wanna be
Free as the wind in the blue skies above
I've no place to be
And that's just how I like it
Freedom's the state of things that I've grown to love

I was so blind
Then along the way I woke to find
That it was your lovin' hands
All the while that covered my eyes
But I'll walk alone
Not afraid and not to return
To the way, to the way things used to be --

I'll always be free
Free as I wanna be
Free as the wind in the blue skies above
I've no place to be
And that's just how I like it
Freedom's the state of things that I've grown to love

I won't come back.


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