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Life, Music

FREE; revisited through music

You know that moment when you’re listening to a song you’ve heard a hundred times before, but for some reason in this particular listening you “hear” it for the first time?

This happened to me yesterday as I was listening to Patty Griffin.  The line that initially grabbed me was, “it’s hard to be free / when freedom is just me.”

I’m continually amazed by a good musician’s ability to transport deep human emotion into song.  It’s a simple depth that I think honors the both/and reality of life.  And Patty Griffin happens to be exceptional at it.

Free (the song was a B&N Preorder Bonus Track so it’s hard to find online…)

I am no longer young, I’m an old man’s daughter
We got caught with the sun going down
We spent most of our days adrift on the water
That’s how I know my way around
And it’s hard to be free
When freedom is just me
And the waves on the terrible sea

I could land with the rest of all the broken down birds
That’s where I found my way home
With the rest of the faces on the face of the earth
Facing off with the great unknown
And all the tears that we cry
Is something gone wrong
Is somebody lost
The places long gone

Keep on moving, baby, keep on moving
The wave’s coming over your knees
And it’s hard to be free
See some things that I see
Be some things that I be
And come all the way, all the way, all the way home again

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About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.

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