Free As The Wind
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


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Yesterday's world is a dream
Like a river that runs through my mind
Made of fields and the white pebble stream
That I knew as a child
Butterfly wings in the sun
Taught me all that I needed to see
For they sang, sang to my heart
"Oh look at me, oh look at me"
"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

Love was the dream of my life
And I gave it the best I know how
So it always brings tears to my eyes
When I think of it now
Gone like the butterfly days
And the boy that I once used to be
But my heart still hears a voice
Tellin' me "look, look and you'll see"
"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

There's no regret that I feel
For the bittersweet taste of it all
If you love, there's a chance you may fly
If you fall, well you fall
Rather the butterfly's life
To have lived for a day and been free
For my heart still hears that voice
Tellin' me "look and you'll see"
"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"




"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

Overall Meaning

The song "Free As The Wind" by Engelbert Humperdinck is a nostalgic and reflective piece that looks back on life, and alludes to the freedom, both real and imagined, that exists within it. The opening lyrics paint a serene picture of a world that exists only in the past, portraying it as a dreamlike memory "like a river that runs through my mind." The imagery here is pastoral and idyllic, depicting a time when life was simple, and the world was free of complications. The singer speaks of a stream that they knew as a child, and how the wings of butterflies in the sun taught them everything that they needed to see about life. The chorus speaks to the idea that freedom is the ultimate aspiration, and the way that people should live their lives.


The second verse is more reflective, with the singer looking back on their past love, and how they gave it all that they had. The nostalgia in their voice is palpable, as they lament the passing of time and the loss of their youth. Once again, the butterfly metaphor is used, this time to compare the impermanence of love and life to the fleeting existence of the butterfly. The message of the song is that life is fleeting, but that it is filled with beautiful moments and opportunities for freedom. The singer asserts that there is no regret for the bittersweet taste of life, and that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.


Line by Line Meaning

Yesterday's world is a dream
The past is distant and dream-like, as if it only exists in memories.


Like a river that runs through my mind
The memories of the past and the present flow together in my thoughts.


Made of fields and the white pebble stream
The landscape of my childhood memories is defined by open fields and the sound of a nearby stream.


That I knew as a child
These memories are from a time long ago, when I was young and innocent.


Butterfly wings in the sun
The delicate beauty of a butterfly in flight captures my attention and inspires me.


Taught me all that I needed to see
The butterfly's movements and grace taught me important lessons about living life to the fullest.


For they sang, sang to my heart
The butterfly's beauty and freedom resonated deeply with my heart and soul.


"Oh look at me, oh look at me"
The butterfly seems to call out, asking to be celebrated and admired.


"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
The butterfly's freedom is a symbol for the carefree and unconstrained way in which we should live our lives.


"That is the way you should be"
The butterfly's joyous freedom is an example of how we should strive to live every day of our lives.


Love was the dream of my life
My greatest dream was to find and experience true love.


And I gave it the best I know how
I did my utmost to pursue and maintain a loving relationship.


So it always brings tears to my eyes
Thinking about love, and perhaps the love that has been lost, still touches me deeply.


When I think of it now
In retrospect, I realize how important love has been to me.


Gone like the butterfly days
Love and the happy times associated with it have passed, just like the carefree days of childhood.


And the boy that I once used to be
The young and innocent person I was when I first experienced love is gone forever.


But my heart still hears a voice
Even though time has passed, a part of me still remembers and longs for the happiness that was experienced in the past.


Tellin' me "look, look and you'll see"
This inner voice encourages me to look within myself and find the love that still resides there.


"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
The example of the butterfly's freedom still inspires me to seek and live life without constraint.


"That is the way you should be"
The butterfly's freedom is a reminder that we should always strive to be free, despite the challenges and difficulties that come our way.


There's no regret that I feel
Despite everything that has happened, I have no regrets about my life and my choices.


For the bittersweet taste of it all
Even the difficult moments of life have a certain sweetness to them, as they have contributed to who I am today.


If you love, there's a chance you may fly
Love is unpredictable and may lead to great heights or difficult falls, but it is always worth pursuing.


If you fall, well you fall
Even if you fail or get hurt in love, it is still better to have loved than to have never tried at all.


Rather the butterfly's life
The life of a butterfly, though short, is filled with beauty and freedom that few other creatures experience.


To have lived for a day and been free
Even a short life lived in freedom and beauty is better than a long life lived in chains and constraints.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JERRY GOLDSMITH, JACQUES PLANTE, HAL SHAPER

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lyrics
Yesterday's world is a dream
Like a river that runs through my mind
Made of fields and the white pebble stream
That I knew as a child

Butterfly wings in the sun
Taught me all that I needed to see
For they sang, sang to my heart
"Oh look at me, oh look at me"

"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

Love was the dream of my life
And I gave it the best I know how
So it always brings tears to my eyes
When I think of it now

Gone like the butterfly days
And the boy that I once used to be
But my heart still hears a voice
Tellin' me "look, look and you'll see"

"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

There's no regret that I feel
For the bittersweet taste of it all
If you love, there's a chance you may fly
If you fall, well you fall

Rather the butterfly's life
To have lived for a day and been free
For my heart still hears that voice
Tellin' me "look and you'll see"

"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"

"Free as the wind, free as the wind"
"That is the way you should be"



All comments from YouTube:

@Brind-amour

I'm so grateful to my parents who inculcated in me the appreciation of great films as well as the heartfelt theme songs.

@elizachan2932

Thanks to the composer, lyrics writer, especially Engelbert Humperdinck, and all the people to achieve this beautiful & meaningful song !

@_Csipesz_

So underrated song

@tramhill1564

great lyrics, well sung!

@grant70000

영화도 명작이지만 가사도 정말 가슴을 뭉클하게 하는....

@TalmaLennon

MÚSICA LINDA DEMAIS, UMA DAS MELHORES DO MUNDO!

@benniewright875

No one can sing like our Engelbert; Awesome.

@RosaTsui

Bringing back old memories, as a teenager, the film impressed me much...tks for sharing.

@jorgealejandrogirarditoled5938

Beautiful song and wonderfull voice Engelbert Humperdinck God Bless You

@nicolaemarian7009

A collection film, among the great films of the last century, with a soundtrack to the extent ... always when there are special main themes from the films, there appear also lyrical versions like the one in the present video ... Engelbert has accustomed us (having an exceptional voice) with collectibles .... although I am old when others are grandparents, I think that when I am close to leaving this world, if I regret something, it is that I will not listen to many jewels musicals (of different musical genres) music being one of the hobbies of life, as well as anthology films such as "Papillon" .... RIP Steve ....

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