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February 23

OUR KIND OF COUNTRY: FREE BIRD by Lynyrd Skynyrd

GOOD MORNIN’ Y’ALL!

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“…as free as them birds fly them skies?”

What a wonderful day it truly is. And ain’t it just grand being free to do whatever we want as free as them birds fly them skies?

Well, today I would wish to share with y’all Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Free Bird is a power rock ballad that Country Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd first featured in their debut album in 1973.

PS see if Reba’s version of lights went out in Georgia song is the best one.

 

“If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?

As a single they had released in November 1974, it had a slow start. Hitting only the 87th spot on the Billboard Hot 100’s. Then, it became the band’s second Top 40 Hit in 1975 where it ranked No. 19. Its Live Version peaked at No. 38 in 1977 at the Billboard Hot 100’s. Free Bird is also 3rd on the List of Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.

TRIVIA: The opening lyrics to Free Bird,

“If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?

Actually came as a question from Allen Collins’ girlfriend Kathy, whom he later married.

Likewise, it is also dedicated to Duane Allman by Lynyrd Skynyrd during the band’s live shows.

Many recognize its 5:12 triple guitar solo section that closes it out. It often turns into an extended jam session during their concerts.

“…Cause I’m as free as a bird now, and this bird you’ll never change…”

As an Ode to Love, of Farewell and Freedom, it is so exquisitely and beautifully written. Hence, not only had it remained as a Folk, Rock and Country Classic but likewise a staple.

“Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird you’ll never change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
And this bird you can not change
And this bird you can not 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”

This is Our Kind of Country,

May y’all be Safe and Well and…

“MAY THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY BLESS US ALL AND SET US FREE!”

 


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