I'm Free

The Who, Jimi Hendrix

About I'm Free

"I'm Free" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the Who on the album Tommy. The song has since been released as a single, becoming one of the best known tracks from Tommy.


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I'm free-I'm free,
And freedom tastes of reality,
I'm free-I'm free,
An' I'm waiting for you to follow me.

If I told you what it takes
To reach the highest high,
You'd laugh and say 'nothing's that simple'
But you've been told many times before
Messiahs pointed to the door
And no one had the guts to leave the temple!



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The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist Information
"I'm Free" is a song by The Who, a popular British rock band formed in 1964 that is credited with pioneering the rock opera genre.
Album Inclusion
The song was included in the band's successful rock opera album "Tommy", which was released in 1969.
Song Message
The song symbolizes Tommy, the album's main character, gaining spiritual enlightenment and breaking free from the restrictions of his previous life.
Other Song Versions
"I'm Free" was also later reimagined by band member Pete Townshend for the 1993 musical adaptation of 'Tommy'.
Song Ranking
Despite not being one of the band's highest-ranking singles, "I'm Free" peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.
Live Performances
The song was a regular part of The Who's setlist during their live performances in the 1960s and 1970s, and was also often performed in their later concerts.
Link to Other Songs
"I'm Free" is intended to be listened to as part of the full 'Tommy' album, and its lyrics directly reference parts of other songs on the album.
Inspirational Message
The lyrics of "I'm Free," according to The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend, were deliberately ambiguous to allow the listener to draw their own interpretation.
Cultural Impact
The song's message of self-determination and triumph over adversity has made it an anthem for many listeners and it has been covered by several other artists over the years.
Additional Usage
The song was also used in The Who's 1975 film adaptation of 'Tommy'. It was later featured in the 1999 comedy 'Outside Providence' and the 2000 drama 'Almost Famous'.

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