Love Is Freedom
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Beams blaze like an iron rod that burned into my soul
We made such a beautiful sound it can't be told
And I knew, hardly knew you, loved me too
Left me with an empty hole
To long, not long enough that it took me by surprise
This pain that you left me with, just from looking in your eyes
And I knew you, hardly knew you, love me too
Left me with an empty hole
Love is freedom
Love is freedom
Love...we all know
This pain I would not have know, had you not arrived
Still burns down inside of me but it makes me feel alive
Because I knew you, hardly knew you, loved me too
Left me standing here alone
Love is freedom
Love is freedom
Love...we all know
Too long, not long enough
And it's burned into my soul




This pain...
Took me by surprise

Overall Meaning

The song "Love Is Freedom" by Trey Anastasio explores the pain and beauty of love. The first verse, "Beams blaze like an iron rod that burned into my soul / We made such a beautiful sound it can't be told" describes the intensity of the singer's love for someone who has left them, leaving an empty hole. The singer acknowledges that they hardly knew this person, but the love they felt was just as real.


The chorus repeats the phrase "Love is freedom" three times, emphasizing the idea that love should not hold us back or make us feel trapped. Instead, it should allow us to be our true selves and feel alive. The second verse continues the theme of conflicting emotions: "This pain I would not have known had you not arrived / Still burns down inside of me but it makes me feel alive."


Overall, "Love Is Freedom" is a poignant reminder that love can bring both incredible joy and deep pain, but ultimately it is worth it for the way it allows us to connect with others and experience life to the fullest.


Line by Line Meaning

Beams blaze like an iron rod that burned into my soul
The intensity of the love between us was so strong that it was imprinted on my soul forever.


We made such a beautiful sound it can't be told
Our connection was so deep and profound that words can't do it justice.


And I knew, hardly knew you, loved me too
Despite not knowing each other for long, I could sense that you loved me as much as I loved you.


Left me with an empty hole
Now that you're gone, I feel a sense of emptiness inside me.


To long, not long enough that it took me by surprise
Our time together was too short, but its impact on me was so significant that it caught me off guard.


This pain that you left me with, just from looking in your eyes
The mere memory of our intense connection and love causes me immense pain.


Love is freedom
True love allows us to be free and authentic with one another.


Love...we all know
Love is a universal feeling that we can all relate to in some way.


This pain I would not have know, had you not arrived
The pain of losing you is intense, but I wouldn't have experienced it if I had never met you at all.


Still burns down inside of me but it makes me feel alive
The pain of losing you still lingers, but it reminds me of the intensity and love we shared.


Left me standing here alone
Without you, I am alone and adrift.


Too long, not long enough
The time we had together was both too short and too long at the same time.


And it's burned into my soul
The intensity of our connection is something that will always be a part of me.


This pain... Took me by surprise
The depth of my pain upon losing you was unexpected and overwhelming.




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