Freedom

Jimi Hendrix

About Freedom

"Freedom" is a funk-rock song by Jimi Hendrix that is often seen as one of the most fully realized pieces he wrote and recorded in the months before his death. It incorporates several musical styles and the lyrics touch upon his relationship with Devon Wilson and her heroin addiction: The song is one of the post-Band of Gypsys developed numbers that Hendrix regularly performed in concert. In 1971, "Freedom" was used as the opening track on The Cry of Love. In the US, the song was also released as a single and was only one of two posthumous Hendrix singles to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 59. "Freedom" is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection and is included on several compilations. In 1997, it was used to lead off First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the most comprehensive attempt to present Hendrix's planned fourth studio album. Other releases of "Freedom" include: Demos The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Record Plant, New York City, February 6, 1970 


Year:
1971
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You got my pride
Hanging out of my bed
You're messin' with my life
So I brought my lead
You even mess with my children
And you're screamin' at my wife, baby
Get off my back,
If you want to get outta here alive

Freedom, 
That's what I want now
Freedom, that's what I need now
Freedom to live
Freedom, so I can give

You got my heart
Speak electric water
You got my soul
Screamin' and howlin'
You know you hook my girlfriend
You know the drugstore man
When I don't need it now
I was trying to slap it out of her head

Freedom, so I can live
Freedom, so I can give
Freedom, yeah
Freedom, that's what I need

You don't have to say that you love
If you don't mean it
You'd better believe
If you need me
Or you just want to bleed me
You'd better stick in your dagger in someone else
So I can leave
Set me free
(Yeah)

Right on, straight ahead
Stay up and straight ahead
Freedom, so I can live it
Freedom, 'cause I've got lotta to give, baby
Freedom, so I can live, freedom
(Keep on pushin', straight ahead)

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Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered to have been the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. more »

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Composition
"Freedom" is a song by Jimi Hendrix, an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter who is considered one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock music.
Album
The track appears on his fourth studio album, "The Cry of Love," released posthumously in 1971.
Posthumous Release
"Freedom" was one of the first songs to be released after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death in September 1970.
Genre
"Freedom" firmly sits in the rock genre, specifically psychedelic rock and blues rock, presenting some of Hendrix's unique and powerful guitar riffs.
Production
The song, like the rest of the album, was produced by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell, who were close collaborators of Hendrix throughout his career.
Location
"Freedom" was recorded at the Electric Lady Studios, a recording studio in Greenwich Village, New York City, which Hendrix himself established.
Lyric Content
The song's lyrics seem to suggest a sense of liberation and self-empowerment, possibly a reflection of Hendrix's personal quest for artistic freedom.
Musical Elements
"Freedom" showcases Hendrix's skills on the guitar, particularly his ability to combine rock, blues, and funk influences into a singular sound. He also adds in progressive elements with the use of wah-wah and stereo panning for a psychedelic effect.
Cover Versions
Several artists have covered "Freedom," including Alice in Chains for the 1993 album "Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix."
Legacy
Despite not being one of Hendrix's most commercially successful tracks, "Freedom" has been praised by critics for its intricate guitar work and soulful vocal performance, and it is widely regarded as a standout track in Jimi Hendrix's discography.

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