Freedom
Blues Traveler Lyrics


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We will not bow down to, uh huh, racism.
We will not bow down to injustice.
We will not bow down to exploitation.
I'm gon' stand.

Now, this is time for free your mind and your soul.
Yo, half the story I've never been told.
Now, you just got to demand what you want
And what we want is respect, right?
Come and take a walk with me,
A closer walk with thee,
See what only I can see.
Sisters.

Turn us loose, set us free
(Freedom:
From all the chains that bind me.
Freedom.)
Let us run in our own direction.
(Freedom.)

Let us go, set us free from all this propaganda
And lines that your people try to teach us.
I know why you would like to bring us down,
Because we have all the dirt on you.
You try to tell us that our lives don't mean a thing,
But we know so much better,
So we're gonna take a f-freedom.

(Freedom:
Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.
Freedom.)
(Freedom:
Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.
Freedom.)
Freedom for my spirit.

All this time you been telling us these lies,
But now we've fin'ly figured out the game.
Or that we would never wise up,
But we showed you how a black female can to her thing
But still you continue to keep us oppressed,
But now we ain't going out like that, uh no, no.
All these lies and all this propaganda you want us to take,
We're gonna take out,

(Freedom:
Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.
Freedom.)
(Freedom:
Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.
Freedom.)
Freedom for my spirit.

I see the fear in your eyes.
Surprise, your cover's been blown.
I know just who I am and what I wanna do.
I can make you run, make you hide from all your ancestors:
Transgression that you hold inside
Sister, rising up and seeing that our time is here,
We're taking back what's been ours for years.
Let the heaven of a system embrace you and praise some other gods.
All this propaganda that you want us to take,
We're gonna take out.

Free free, free, freedom, freedom.
(Freedom, bop; freedom.)
Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.
Freedom for my spirit.

Free free, free, freedom, freedom.
(Freedom, bop; freedom.)




Freedom for my body,
Freedom for my mind.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Blues Traveler's song "Freedom" are a call to action against racism, injustice, and exploitation. The singer makes it clear that they will not bow down to these oppressive forces, and instead chooses to stand up for their rights. The song speaks of the need to free one's mind and soul from the lies and propaganda that have been ingrained in society.


The singer alludes to the fact that much of the story regarding oppression has been left out, and that it is time to demand what is rightfully theirs - respect. The lyrics call for a closer examination of society and a walk with the singer to see what they can see. The chorus speaks of freedom from the chains that bind, both physical and emotional, and the need to run in their own direction.


The powerful lyrics speak to the struggle for civil rights and social justice, and the song's message continues to resonate today. The song's call for freedom has become a mantra for those fighting against oppression and for equal rights, and its message is as relevant now as it was when it was written.


Line by Line Meaning

We will not bow down to, uh huh, racism.
We refuse to accept racism.


We will not bow down to injustice.
We refuse to accept any form of injustice.


We will not bow down to exploitation.
We refuse to be exploited or taken advantage of.


I'm gon' stand.
We stand up for our rights and refuse to be oppressed.


Now, this is time for free your mind and your soul.
It's time to free our minds and souls from oppression.


Yo, half the story I've never been told.
We have been kept in the dark about important information.


Now, you just got to demand what you want
We must demand what we deserve.


And what we want is respect, right?
Our ultimate goal is to be treated with respect.


Come and take a walk with me,
Join me on this journey towards freedom.


A closer walk with thee,
Together, we can learn and grow to achieve our goals.


See what only I can see.
Experience the world from my perspective.


Sisters.
This is a call to my fellow women to join me in the fight for freedom.


Turn us loose, set us free
We demand to be set free from oppression.


(Freedom: From all the chains that bind me. Freedom.)
We want to break free from the chains of oppression.


Let us run in our own direction.
We want the freedom to make our own choices and follow our own path.


Let us go, set us free from all this propaganda
We want to break free from the lies and misinformation that try to keep us down.


And lines that your people try to teach us.
We reject the teachings of those who seek to control us.


I know why you would like to bring us down,
We understand why those in power try to keep us oppressed.


Because we have all the dirt on you.
Our knowledge of the truth threatens those who seek to maintain their power through lies and deceit.


You try to tell us that our lives don't mean a thing,
Those in power attempt to diminish our worth and value in society.


But we know so much better,
We reject these attempts to diminish our worth and recognize our inherent value and importance.


So we're gonna take a f-freedom.
We will fight for our freedom and will not stop until we achieve it.


(Freedom: Freedom for my body, Freedom for my mind. Freedom.)
We demand freedom for our bodies and minds.


Freedom for my spirit.
We demand spiritual freedom as well.


All this time you been telling us these lies,
Those in power have been feeding us lies and propaganda for too long.


But now we've fin'ly figured out the game.
We have come to realize the truth and will no longer be held back by lies.


Or that we would never wise up,
Those in power underestimate our intelligence and our ability to recognize the truth.


But we showed you how a black female can to her thing
We have proven that women of color are capable of achieving great things despite the obstacles placed in our way.


But still you continue to keep us oppressed,
Despite our accomplishments and intelligence, those in power still seek to hold us down and maintain their own control.


But now we ain't going out like that,uh no,no.
We refuse to be held down any longer.


All these lies and all this propaganda you want us to take,
We refuse to accept any more lies and propaganda from those in power.


We're gonna take out,
We will fight back against the lies and propaganda.


I see the fear in your eyes.
Those in power are afraid of the change we seek to create.


Surprise, your cover's been blown.
We see through the lies and propaganda and are no longer fooled.


I know just who I am and what I wanna do.
We have a clear understanding of our goals and purpose.


I can make you run, make you hide from all your ancestors:
We have the power to change the systems that have oppressed us and those who came before us.


Transgression that you hold inside
Those in power hold onto their transgressions and seek to maintain their control over us.


Sister, rising up and seeing that our time is here,
We recognize that now is our time to rise up and fight for our freedom.


We're taking back what's been ours for years.
We demand to take back what has always been rightfully ours.


Let the heaven of a system embrace you and praise some other gods.
We reject the oppressive systems and ideologies that seek to control us.


Free free, free, freedom, freedom.
Freedom is our goal and we demand it.


(Freedom, bop; freedom.)
We chant for freedom and will not stop until we achieve it.


Freedom for my body, Freedom for my mind.
We must have freedom for our bodies and minds in order to live full and happy lives.


Freedom for my spirit.
We also demand spiritual freedom, which is essential to our well-being and happiness.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Matthew Mark McHugh

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