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Classic Rock - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird


Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - Meaning of the song


The song's lyrics describe a man telling a girl why he can't settle down and commit. Allen Collins' girlfriend Kathy, who had asked him this same question after a disagreement, served as the inspiration for the first few lines, "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?"


Many fans believed "Free Bird" was a tribute to Duane Allman, the guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, who passed away in 1971, two years before the song's release. Although it was composed long before Allman's passing and was not at all about him, Skynyrd occasionally dedicated it to him at live performances. The double guitar solo at the conclusion is in the same vein as many of Duane's early Allman Brothers tracks.


Free bird - Lyrics


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 cannot change.

And this 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,

Though this feeling I can't change.

But please don't take it so badly,

'Cause 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 never change.

And the 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?

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