"We Shall Be Free" as written by and Stephanie/brooks Davis....
This ain't comin' from no prophet,
Just an ordinary man.
When I close my eyes,
I see the way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand.
When the last child cries for a crust of bread,
When the last man dies for just words that he said,
When there's shelter over the poorest head,
We shall be free.
When the last thing we notice is the color of the skin,
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within;
When the skies and the oceans are clean again,
Then we shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free.
Stand straight, walk proud,
'Cause we shall be free.
When we're free to love anyone we choose,
When this world's big enough for all different views,
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew,
Then we shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free
Have a little faith, hold out,
'Cause we shall be free.
And when money talks for the very last time,
And nobody walks a step behind;
When there's only one race,
And that's mankind, then we shall be free.
We shall be free ,we shall be free
Stand straight, (walk proud,)
Have a little faith, (hold out;)
We shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free,
(Stand straight,) stand straight,
(Have a little faith,) walk proud,
'Cause we shall be free.

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"We Shall Be Free" as written by Stephanie Davis Garth Brooks

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    General CommentThis song supports gay rights, and gay marriage, so much so the song met with resistance from country radio stations and from the culturally conservative country audience.
    collegeguy666on August 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about haveing faith and being free in your own body feeling yourself! Being true to your soul!=D
    fallen_angel1418on January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song puts out a very important message. He is saying the we can never be truely be free until we treat each others as equals no matter who or what they are and when the earth is restored and unpolluted.
    NomadicDragonon June 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with NomadicDragon to an extent. It seems like an idealist view of the perfect world, as unattainable as that is.
    mj85on July 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's really only one line in the song that refers to gay rights "When we're free to love anyone we choose". Yet that one sentence caused a lot of controversy. I'm afraid it'll be a long time before see the ideal world Garth sang about.
    ghostwatchon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is my absolute favorite inspirational song ever. Honestly, I can't even verbalize how much I love this song. It's honest, it's to the point, yet it's optimistic. This song was released and won awards before I was even born, so I obviously don't remember the controversy, but I am glad that Garth supports gay rights in this song - sadly, not many country artists seem to do that, because, like collegeguy666 said, it's a generally conservative audience and generally conservative artists. Gay rights is a very important issue that is addressed in the song, along with other very important issues - pollution/environmental issues, freedom of speech, racism, hate crimes, etc. Country music - and music in general - needs more artists like Garth Brooks. This song provokes such deep emotion, it's probably the most stirring and emotion-filled - yet simultaneously uplifting - song I know. This song can be uplifting, and at the same time, quite saddening. Another thing great about this song is that it's completely true. When we're free of racism, greediness, world hunger, homophobia, pollution, and every other topic addressed in the song, then we'll truly be free.

    BTW, the song's video is also amazing. Like the song, it's saddening, but optimistic at the same time.
    glasshouseson July 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGarth brooks did amazingly well with this song. I love the gospel sound it has. Its good old country mixed with the wonderful gospel sound! amazing. pure musical genius!
    bmwmusicgirlon July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAccording to what he's said in interviews and how I've always taken The "when we're free to love anyone we choose" line is it's not just about gay rights, but about say two people of different religions, or an interracial relationship as well. It's a great idealic song. It'll be thousands and thousands of years if it ever happens imo.
    gentlebutchon October 27, 2009   Link

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