Last night we were talking about the music we grew up with. We both came of age in the ’70s and the music was magical. D asked me what one song I would choose as the one I identified with the most – both then and now.
That’s a very easy question to answer – Free Bird!
The lyrics set my soul on fire at fifteen. I guess it was the first song my spirit truly understood – the need to be free and never change. When I heard these lines, my soul came alive and it would never be settled until I found my way home.
If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see
But, if I stayed here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird you can not change
Bye, bye, baby, it’s been a sweet love
Though this feeling I can’t change
But please don’t take it so badly
Cause Lord knows I’m to blame
I would bubble up on the inside knowing I would never, ever be fulfilled or truly free if I stayed where I was. I was never meant to stay there. The pain came from the fact that I knew those I loved might never understand. I only knew I had to leave someday. A little bit later I heard the call of the mountains in John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High.
I made my way home and I remain free. I am not one to stay where I don’t feel free. Ever.