Freedom

Inspired by an improvised tenor saxophone solo by Dexter Gordon, 1946

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Freedom

Inspired by an improvised tenor saxophone solo by Dexter Gordon, 1946

Tell us your thoughts - What do you think about the philosophical issues raised in this song?

Can you believe determinists are happy to say that people ain’t free?
Nobody’s scandalised cos people ain’t thinking ‘bout philosophy
Freedom and peace and love are things we hold in the very highest esteem
Yet we’re relaxed when people say that it’s all just a big illusory dream

Man that’s really quite a vision that they got
To think we’re all just atoms being pushed by forces
Right from the moment you’re born, they say
You haven’t got a choice at all
First it all exploded in the biggest bang
It happened all of those years ago
And then everything happening right afterwards was moulded in stone

When you think it’s surprising
You’re jazz improvising
It’s all being done for you inside your brain
Ain’t nobody can tell their own story
No human glory
Everything’s boring

They saying freedom don’t make sense
But it is really a pretence
When they go about their lives they acting like you and like me

If you don’t think your thoughts nobody else going to think ‘em for you so you’re not there, no
You’re watching on my mind, what you gonna find, freedom ain’t a thing you see it’s what you do and that includes the watching too
You’ve gone mad if you think, it’s your brain right now controlling things
They’re trying to predict what you’ll buy and you’ll do and wear, but they will fail because freedom is everywhere

SOLOS

You’ve gone mad if you think, it’s your brain right now controlling things
They’re trying to predict what you’ll buy and you’ll do and wear, but they will fail because freedom is everywhere

Can you believe determinists are happy to say that people ain’t free?
Nobody’s scandalised cos people ain’t thinking ‘bout philosophy
Freedom and peace and love are things we hold in the very highest esteem
Man I don’t dig astrology so determinist jive is not for me

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