"Freedom Rider" as written by Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood....
Like a hurricane around your heart when earth and sky are torn apart
He comes gathering up the bits while hoping that the puzzle fits
He leaves you, he leaves you.Freedom rider

With a silver star between his eyes that open up at hidden lies
Big man crying with defeat, see people gathering in the street
You feel him, you feel him.Freedom rider

When lightning strikes you to the bone, you turn around, you're all
By the time you hear that silent (or siren?) sound, then your soul is
In the
Lost and found
Forever, forever.Freedom rider
Here it comes

Lyrics submitted by killingFloor

"Freedom Rider" as written by Steve Winwood Jim Capaldi

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    General CommentMy guess is the song has to do with the freedom riders who got attacked trying to make the interstate bus routes safe in the south for blacks.
    ColourReporteron October 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthow in gods loving earth is there no comment for one of the most recognized Traffic song there is (at least I would say not completely positive that it hit the charts the highest) but I mean it's borderline disrespectful that such a fascinating/brilliant song gets no attention! As for the meaning of the song well I can't exactly conjure up a clear meaning right at this moment but thats besides the point. This should be getting the most attention out of all Traffic songs!
    floydian18on July 04, 2006   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI believe the lyrics should be "he leads you" not "he leaves you" and it is "siren" not "silent". As for the meaning, I think ColourReporter is right.
    MoTrubbleon June 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBased on the general theme of lyrics I associated it with an Army medic in Vietnam. It just seemed like a mindless task that someone had to do that brought trophy without glory or pride but plenty of soul searching to reason out the conflicts bouncing through your mind as to how any of that could serve a purpose to God or any other Supreme Being that you would choose to follow. The song itself is very poetic and instrumental that settles far from a battlefield, but takes sharp turns that leave you uncertain of the course you are in. I love it.
    Shriverjeffon April 01, 2017   Link

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