"Freedom" as written by and David Gray....
Take your eyes off me
There's nothing here to see
Just trying to keep my head together
And as we make our vow
Let us remember how
There's nothing good that lasts forever.

Time out on the running boards
We're running
Through a world that's lost its meaning
Trying to find a way to love
This running
Ain't no kind of freedom.

Feel the touch of grief
You stand in disbelief
Can steal the earth from right
Beneath you
And falling in so far
They know just where you are
Yeah but there ain't no way
To reach you.

Time out on the running boards
We're running
Through a world that's lost its meaning
Trying to find a way to love
This running
Ain't no kind of freedom.
Of freedom
Yeah yeah

It's time to clean these boots
Fold up there parachutes
The words goodbye but I can't say it
The end is close at hand
I think we understand
There ain't no use in trying to delay it.


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"Freedom" as written by David Gray

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    General Comment"It's time to clean these boots
    Fold up these parachutes"

    Soldier?

    "Fasten on my mask"

    Gas mask?

    "I know this work is never finished"

    Is it not said that the fight for freedom is never finished?

    Just wondering if/how this ties in with going to war.

    "Feel the touch of grief
    You stand in disbelief
    Can steal the earth from right beneath you"

    And perhaps getting news that your boyfriend/husband was KIA...?
    Skoorbon October 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIncedible. One of the man's best songs and no other comments?
    orionziteon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIncedible. One of the man's best songs and no other comments?
    orionziteon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it was written when his Dad died. Don't think it is about his Dad as such, but more a reflection on the world. In fact, was this song written 9/11 era? "running through a world thats lost its meaning"?
    the_sas_manon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI was just listening to this song. It's so beautiful.
    movieliciouson December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's easy to sell this one simply to death but I think it describes all of depression really. The whole song simply describes what it's like to grieve in a world that only feeds you more and more. I love this song, and agree, it's absolute perfection.
    Jag3892on February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its about losing someone, and knowing its going to happen but not quite being able to bring yourself to say it. My best friend broke up with his girlfriend of a year, and realising that it just wasn;t right anymore, and i remember him saying it this is the part that he could really relate to:
    The word's goodbye but I can't say it
    The end is close at hand
    I think we understand
    There ain't no use trying to delay it
    The part about the end is close at hand means deep down they both know they can;t go on, and there isn;t any point trying to delay it or put it off anymore.
    The line that really meant something to him though,w as the "the words goodbye but i can;t say it", meaning that he cared about her so much, and just couldn;t bring himself to say goodbye but he knew he had to.
    amazing song
    little_miss_failureon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me cry.
    Celtic_FCon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a bit ironic how the song is called 'Freedom' when 'free' is the last thing he wishes to be. This song is so sad.
    spidermanpantson May 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor me this song is somewhat about a loss of someone close , "The words goodbye but I can't say it", he was obviously hurt by this but I get a feeling he felt quite oppressed and dominated to a degree by this person- hence the title. Furthermore I think he's writing about how he has now escaped this person, "I can still see you dancing Laughing loud and undiminished"
    Davegrayon August 09, 2006   Link

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