Song of the Day: Free Bird (by Lynyrd Skynyrd)


FreeBird

I think if the United States ever decided to change it’s national anthem then I propose they just use Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic arena power ballad Free Bird. It’s already considered by many as the unofficial anthem. There’s something about this song that is just so Americana. I know that the band itself has been accused of being racist because of their support for the historical legacy of the South and the Confederacy, but I don’t go for such nonsense. Lynyrd Skynyrd was just one of the best southern rock bands during the 70’s and probably would’ve reached Led Zeppelin status if a tragic plane crash hadn’t killed almost a third to half of the band.

It’s very hard not to get into this power ballad. A song which band front man Ronnie Van Zant would use to personally memorialize his fallen friend and colleague, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers band who died from a motorcycle accident just a few years before. This song was always the most requested song by concert fans to be played by the band and play it they did and extending the triple guitar solo in the end from the usual 3-4 minute to as long as 10. It was this extended triple guitar solos with Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Ed King which would be the highlight of any live performance of the song (one of my favorite solos)

It has also become a favorite amongst those who compose and pick music for films of late. Rob Zombie used it to highlight to great effect the nihilistic ending to his grindhouse film The Devil’s Rejects. The latest to use this song in a very inventive manner was Matthew Vaughn in the surprise hit of 2015, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Even with most of the band either dead or retired the song still gets massive play when the current band tours and is still a favorite staple with most rock stations. Everytime I hear it come on or I play it on my mp3 player I feel like pulling out my Bic lighter, flicking it on and waving it in the air in tune to the song. FREE BIRD!!!

Free Bird

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling 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 now
And this bird, you’ll can not change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And the bird you cannot change
And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows, I can’t change
Bye, bye, baby it’s been a sweet love

Yeah, yeah
Though this feeling I can’t change
But please don’t take it so badly
‘Cause the Lord knows
I’m to blame

But, if I stayed here with you girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird, you’ll can not change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you cannot change
And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows, I can’t change
Lord help me, I can’t change
Lord I can’t change

Won’t you fly high, free bird, yeah?

(commence awesome triple guitar solos)

20 responses to “Song of the Day: Free Bird (by Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  1. Pingback: Song of the Day: Hotel California (by The Eagles) | Through the Shattered Lens

  2. The original guitar army anthem jam.

    This was the first song I ever performed in public, wen I was about 17 Fiends had a surprisingly good three-piece band, and needed at least a second guitar to play “Free Bird” at a public pool party. So I was the “special guest guitarist”.

    So the song is special to me for that reason, and just because it’s a kick-ass jam.

    Like

  3. Pingback: Song of the Day: Stairway to Heaven (by Led Zeppelin) | Through the Shattered Lens

  4. Pingback: Song of the Day: Texas Flood (by Stevie Ray Vaughan) | Through the Shattered Lens

  5. Pingback: Song of the Day: Comfortably Numb (by Pink Floyd) | Through the Shattered Lens

  6. Pingback: Song of the Day: Alexander the Great (by Iron Maiden) | Through the Shattered Lens

  7. Pingback: Song of the Day: Fade to Black (by Metallica) | Through the Shattered Lens

  8. Pingback: Song of the Day: Bohemian Rhapsody (by Queen) | Through the Shattered Lens

  9. Pingback: Song of the Day: Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses) | Through the Shattered Lens

  10. Pingback: Song of the Day: Mr. Crowley (by Ozzy Osbourne) | Through the Shattered Lens

  11. Pingback: Song of the Day: Rainbow in the Dark (by Dio) | Through the Shattered Lens

  12. Pingback: Song of the Day: Róisín Dubh (by Thin Lizzy) | Through the Shattered Lens

  13. Pingback: Song of the Day: Rock You Like A Hurricane (by Scorpions) | Through the Shattered Lens

  14. Pingback: Song of the Day: Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band) | Through the Shattered Lens

  15. Pingback: Song of the Day: Carry On Wayward Son (by Kansas) | Through the Shattered Lens

  16. Pingback: Song of the Day: War Pigs (by Black Sabbath) | Through the Shattered Lens

  17. Pingback: Song of the Day: Since I’ve Been Loving You (by Led Zeppelin) | Through the Shattered Lens

  18. Pingback: 6 Reviews To Help Lisa Get Caught Up: Ant-Man, Cinderella, Jurassic World, Magic Mike XXL, The Man From UNCLE, Terminator: Genisys | Through the Shattered Lens

  19. Pingback: Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (dir by Matthew Vaughn) | Through the Shattered Lens

  20. Pingback: Song of the Day: Simple Man (by Lynyrd Skynyrd) | Through the Shattered Lens

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.