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Thread started 07/12/16 8:52pm

Iluvmusic78

FREE!

The other day I was driving to work, feeling pretty sad. Life has been harder lately.

I had my Ipod on shuffle, and an untitled upload began to play. It was a song I was completely unaware of, "Free" from the 1999 album. The lyrics made me cry....

"Don't sleep 'til the sunrise, listen 2 the falling rain
Don't worry 'bout tomorrow, don't worry 'bout your pain
Don't cry unless you're happy, don't smile unless you're blue
Never let that lonely monster take control of U

Be glad that U r free
Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free
There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

I know (my?) heart is beating, my drummer tells me so
If U take your life 4 granted, your beating heart will go
So don't sleep until you're guilty, 'cuz sinners all r we
There's others doing far worse than us, so be glad that U r free"

I just really needed that encouragment. Prince really has become my guardian angel.

If you don't know of this song, do yourself a favor and listen. So grateful I can discover songs that I totally missed. <3

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Reply #1 posted 07/12/16 8:58pm

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An old favorite of mine. So glad you've discovered it for the first time and it speaks to you. wink

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Reply #2 posted 07/12/16 9:00pm

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Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs.
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Reply #3 posted 07/12/16 9:11pm

FlyOnTheWall

YES!!! "Free" has to be one of my absolute favorite Prince songs!!

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Reply #4 posted 07/12/16 9:16pm

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Love this! cool

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Reply #5 posted 07/12/16 9:55pm

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Also love that song biggrin
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Reply #6 posted 07/12/16 10:04pm

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jdcxc said:

Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs.

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I think that you got your adjectives mixed up.

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"Free" is the least awesome song on the album.

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Reply #7 posted 07/12/16 10:09pm

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It's a keeper!

I'm in the news again
For paying dues my friend
And not the type of ganda U prop up in my way
Don't Play me
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Reply #8 posted 07/12/16 11:00pm

Iluvmusic78

I really appreciate Prince's ability to mix emotions. Happy and Sad.
This song is a perfect example. The lyrics are very inspirational, but the tone
of the music is very melancholy. I think by doing that it creates a cathartic environment. At least it did for me.

Definitely a keeper!
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Reply #9 posted 07/13/16 12:05am

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Love this one too smile
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Reply #10 posted 07/13/16 12:51am

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jdcxc said:

Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs.

Opininos eh? wink

RIP sad
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Reply #11 posted 07/13/16 12:55am

perfume

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol
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Reply #12 posted 07/13/16 1:13am

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This song has been on my mind a lot lately, it's like a glorious anthem for all of humankind.

Be glad that U r free

Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free
There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

Absolutely heart it

Life Matters
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Reply #13 posted 07/13/16 5:28am

CAL3

perfume said:

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol



Yeah, no doubt! I feel totally ripped off now. mad



As for "Free"... I always felt it seemed a little out of place on the album. Though he puts it across with great conviction, it's hard to get past the corniness. I like the verses, but that chorus is one big, hoaried cliche. Lee Greenwood should cover it.

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Reply #14 posted 07/13/16 5:43am

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It's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that there are Prince fans that are more into the last 19 years of his career than they are the first 19. For me Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 are the peak of Prince Mountain. So reading that someone was completely unaware of Free is a trip in my world. Same with reading "Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs". If that's one of your least favorites, tell me what your favorites are, please. Just so I can know if you have a different flavor, or if you shiould be sized up for a straight-jacket. biggrin biggrin

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Reply #15 posted 07/13/16 5:44am

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Great song!

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Reply #16 posted 07/13/16 5:47am

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TheLotus said:

It's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that there are Prince fans that are more into the last 19 years of his career than they are the first 19. For me Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 are the peak of Prince Mountain. So reading that someone was completely unaware of Free is a trip in my world. Same with reading "Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs". If that's one of your least favorites, tell me what your favorites are, please. Just so I can know if you have a different flavor, or if you shiould be sized up for a straight-jacket. biggrin biggrin

lol lol lol

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Reply #17 posted 07/13/16 7:22am

PURPLEIZED3121

always been a strange one...bit like Kiss on Parade..i.e. great song but just doesn't feels like it belongs. I think Prince too mentioned Kiss annoying him for the same reason.

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Reply #18 posted 07/13/16 7:42am

tmo1965

TheLotus said:

It's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that there are Prince fans that are more into the last 19 years of his career than they are the first 19. For me Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 are the peak of Prince Mountain. So reading that someone was completely unaware of Free is a trip in my world. Same with reading "Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs". If that's one of your least favorites, tell me what your favorites are, please. Just so I can know if you have a different flavor, or if you shiould be sized up for a straight-jacket. biggrin biggrin

Prince was on the music scene for close to 40 years, so maybe the fans who are into P's later music were either not born during the first 19 years or were too young.

btw, Free is one of my many favorite Prince songs.

[Edited 7/13/16 7:43am]

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Reply #19 posted 07/13/16 11:26am

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Must be so nice for those hearing these Prince songs for the first time. wink

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Reply #20 posted 07/13/16 12:10pm

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perfume said:

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol
When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol

Me too! haha BTW, your signature is my favorite line of any Prince song. Or at least the one that has always stood out to me and spoke to me the first time I've heard it. I almost used it on my signature. biggrin It's something that I've always done when praying (which is not too often) but I always thought asking for stuff was selfish and just giving thanks for every breath and another day was all that mattered. And not to offend those that pray for other stuff, but sometimes people use the "I'm gonna pray on it" thing too loosly (in my humble opinion). Once I was shopping for a used car and the dealer told me another couple was going home to "pray about it" and come back and make a decision to buy or not. I was just like....huh? That seems a little wasetful of God's time to me....to debate with him if the car at the lot was "the one". ha but to each his own.

Also to keep on point to this post...I love the song FREE as well, espically the line "There's many a man who's not". It always makes me think of someone that might have followed the wrong path in life, now behind bars, etc and regretting it. I know that's probably not his point, but always felt that way about that line.

"Put on your boots Alfred...let's go!"
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Reply #21 posted 07/13/16 1:26pm

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One of the more important songs of his entire body of work-- to me anyway. That song has gotten me through many a dark days and nights. Prince saved me and quite a few other folks that just didn't know it, many times when I've needed to listen to "Free". I will forever be grateful to him for that. heart

Here's what bothers ME:

Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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Reply #22 posted 07/13/16 6:07pm

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Don't sleep 'til the sunrise, listen 2 the falling rain
Don't worry 'bout tomorrow, don't worry 'bout your pain
Don't cry unless you're happy, don't smile unless you're blue
Never let that lonely monster take control of U

Be glad that U r free - Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free - There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

I know your heart is beating, my drummer tells me so
If U take your life 4 granted, your beating heart will go
So don't sleep until you're guilty, 'cuz sinners all r we
There's others doing far worse than us, so be glad that U r free

Be glad that U r free - Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free - There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

Soldiers are a marching, they're writing brand new laws
Will we all fight together 4 the most important cause?
Will we all fight 4 the right 2 be free?
Free (Be glad that U r free)
Free 2 change my mind (Free 2 change your mind)
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime (Free 2 go most anywhere,anytime)
I'm just glad, I'm just glad I'm free, yeah (Be glad that U r free)
There's many a man who's not (There's many a man who's not)
Glad 4 what I had baby, (Be glad 4 what U had and)
Glad 4 what I got, oh yeah (for what you've got)
Oh I'm just glad, I'm just glad I'm free,yeah (Be glad that U r free)
Free 2 change my mind (Free 2 change your mind)
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime (Free 2 go most anywhere,anytime)
(Be glad that U r free)
(There's many a man who's not)
I'm so... (Be glad 4 what U had and for what you've got)
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LyricWiki
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Am I the only one here who remembers the cold war? I always thought that this was a song about how we should be glad that we are Americans instead of citizens of the Soviet Union. Especially the lyric about being free to go most anywhere anytime.

[Edited 7/14/16 17:52pm]

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Reply #23 posted 07/13/16 6:14pm

luvsexy4all

never got the chance to do it live again with guitar solos..

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Reply #24 posted 07/14/16 3:37pm

Iluvmusic78

perfume said:

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol


Awe, my bad!!! Lol
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Reply #25 posted 07/14/16 4:12pm

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Iluvmusic78 said:

perfume said:

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol


Awe, my bad!!! Lol

Yeah me too...great song however and one of my favs off 1999
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Reply #26 posted 07/14/16 6:42pm

Iluvmusic78

TheLotus said:

So reading that someone was completely unaware of Free is a trip in my world.


And I know every other song on the album. It's weird that this one somehow escaped my awareness.
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Reply #27 posted 07/14/16 7:38pm

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QueenofCardboard said:

Don't sleep 'til the sunrise, listen 2 the falling rain
Don't worry 'bout tomorrow, don't worry 'bout your pain
Don't cry unless you're happy, don't smile unless you're blue
Never let that lonely monster take control of U

Be glad that U r free - Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free - There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

I know your heart is beating, my drummer tells me so
If U take your life 4 granted, your beating heart will go
So don't sleep until you're guilty, 'cuz sinners all r we
There's others doing far worse than us, so be glad that U r free

Be glad that U r free - Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free - There's many a man who's not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you've got
Be glad 4 what you've got

Soldiers are a marching, they're writing brand new laws
Will we all fight together 4 the most important cause?
Will we all fight 4 the right 2 be free?
Free (Be glad that U r free)
Free 2 change my mind (Free 2 change your mind)
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime (Free 2 go most anywhere,anytime)
I'm just glad, I'm just glad I'm free, yeah (Be glad that U r free)
There's many a man who's not (There's many a man who's not)
Glad 4 what I had baby, (Be glad 4 what U had and)
Glad 4 what I got, oh yeah (for what you've got)
Oh I'm just glad, I'm just glad I'm free,yeah (Be glad that U r free)
Free 2 change my mind (Free 2 change your mind)
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime (Free 2 go most anywhere,anytime)
(Be glad that U r free)
(There's many a man who's not)
I'm so... (Be glad 4 what U had and for what you've got)

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LyricWiki

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Am I the only one here who remembers the cold war? I always thought that this was a song about how we should be glad that we are Americans instead of citizens of the Soviet Union. Especially the lyric about being free to go most anywhere anytime.



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No, you're not. I loved this song when I first heard it and it was very relevant when it came out. It's one of my favorites. That's one of the things that I like about him - his awareness and response to the human condition.
He's not here, but still very near

From the first moment I saw U
I knew U were The One
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Reply #28 posted 07/14/16 7:41pm

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perfume said:

When I saw,'free', I thought it was a giveaway of some sort... lol

Lol. Me too! I thought "Daamn, what did I miss out on!" But I'm glad I indulged. This is one of my favorites.
He's not here, but still very near

From the first moment I saw U
I knew U were The One
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Reply #29 posted 07/15/16 2:08am

ForeverPaisley

tmo1965 said:

TheLotus said:

It's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that there are Prince fans that are more into the last 19 years of his career than they are the first 19. For me Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 are the peak of Prince Mountain. So reading that someone was completely unaware of Free is a trip in my world. Same with reading "Worst song on the album...one of my least favorite P songs". If that's one of your least favorites, tell me what your favorites are, please. Just so I can know if you have a different flavor, or if you shiould be sized up for a straight-jacket. biggrin biggrin

Prince was on the music scene for close to 40 years, so maybe the fans who are into P's later music were either not born during the first 19 years or were too young.

btw, Free is one of my many favorite Prince songs.

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yeahthat Wouldn't think that that is such a hard concept to swallow... Probably as foreign to you as the idea that fans from the 'getgo' strayed and reject more recent music like RNR Love Affair, Another Love, FunkNRoll and such. I'm always like, "Say wha' now?!" disbelief

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