"Falling Free" as written by William Orbit, Laurie Suzanne Mayer, Madonna L Ciccone and Joe Henry....
When I move a certain way
I feel an ache I’d kept at bay
A hairline break that’s taking hold
A metal that I thought was gold

And pure so sure I’d struck a vein
I wanted you to feel the same
So when you did ignite a spark
Rescue me from all this dark

See our hearts are intertwined
Then I’m free, free of mine
I’m falling free

And see our hearts are intertwined
And then I’m free, I’m free of mine
Deep and pure our hearts align
And then I’m free, I’m free of mine

When I raise a certain wing
And crawl beneath that growing thing
It throws a shadow over time
And keeps yours falling next to mine

Your days were meant to fly and do
I fall and fold mine into you
And what you take is just enough
And what you give is what I love

And when you lift you raise the sail
And then I’m free, free to fail
I’m falling free

Deep and pure our hearts align
And then I’m free, I’m free of mine
When I let loose the need to know
Then we’re both free, we’re free to go

When I lose a certain claim
That tries to know and needs to blame
Whatever river runs aground
It turns my head and washes down

The face of God that stands above
Pouring over Hope and Love
That all of might, and life, and limb
Could turn around and love again

When I let loose the need to know
Then we’re both free, free to go
I’m falling free

I’m falling
I’m falling
I’m falling free

I’m falling
I’m falling
I’m falling free

Deep and pure our hearts align
And then I’m free, I’m free of mine
When I let loose the need to know
Then we’re both free, we’re free to go

Deep and pure our hearts align
And then I’m free, I’m free of mine
I let loose the need to know
Then we’re both free, we’re free to go


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"Falling Free" as written by William Orbit . Madonna

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  • +4
    General CommentOne of her hardest Madonna songs to grasp imo. I think it's basically about leaving the earth as an old soul. She found her home and after all the work and emotions she's gone through on the Earth, she's finally ready to go, finally at peace. I don't think it's sad.
    LeoLighton April 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationLOVE LIVES ON
    - - -
    I would agree that this song is SAD and deals with FORCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, but i would definitely disagree with the comment that it is HOPELESS.

    This song deals with the narrator's response to the FUSION OF TWO HEARTS: Her response is to see this as a liberation. To surrender control is to fall free. Yes perhaps there is an analogy here to be drawn with death but it also could be about a union found, so long after a wilderness or dark solitude (thus the somber soundscape, perhaps an echo from a previous time)
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    i prefer to see 'falling free' as the powerful freedom to excel to our zenith when we have surrendered our hearts to love. The solemn ending for me is the realisation that live will end, but love never dies.

    SADNESS in not synonymous with HOPELESSNESS
    (wonder what sheila thinks ?)

    thank you madonna
    Makeitmeansomethingon July 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    MemoryFor Madonna, life and love go on-in sad ballad Falling Free, it's hard to let go but things are bound to happen. She accepts her sadness, loss and defeat with dignity and grace. Above all, Madonna is brilliant because she is courageous, brave and vulnerable in accepting sadness and tears. She is crying with dignity. Thank you M.L. Ciccone! Sadness is one of her better qualities.
    rabbitbunnyon September 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationEveryone interprets this song as a sad song, about break up and letting something end or someone go, but if we look a way around it can also be interpreted as a song about letting flow and Falling in love.
    belmadon December 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe theme of MDNA is the dissolution of Madonna and Guy Ritchie's marriage.

    This song is heartbreaking but in the end, empowering. To me the key line is "when I let loose the need to know, we're both free, we're free to go". Think about when you break up with someone but you can't help yourself from still wanting to know about them, what they are doing, who they are seeing, it's like torture, but you can't help yourself. This song is about letting all that go, falling free. "Deep and pure our hearts align, now I'm free, I'm free of mine". Their hearts are no longer aligned or intertwined, she's unraveled hers and she feels at peace about it and able to move on with a clear mind.

    To me, this is not a hopeless song at all, it's the opposite, she's on her way to having peace of mind and being able to look forward.

    The face of God that stands above
    Pouring over Hope and Love
    That all of might, and life, and limb
    Could turn around and love again

    You can't fully be whole and "love again" until you have let go, and fallen free. IMO this is one of the most beautiful and mature songs she has ever written.
    kass8286on April 18, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems like this song is aligned with her spiritual practices, in that letting go of concepts and definitions is freedom.

    "I let loose the need to know...We're both free, free to go...": Seems like this involves a relationship but could be any relationship (love and/or family). Instead of struggling with the need to understand the difficulties in life (especially involving deep relationships), she is free to fall. That is, "falling" but in a positive note, not "falling", like one does "in love", which is binding, but in falling which then would wrought freedom. The letting go is a major buddhistic/Kabbalahistic life practice.
    jrrmn13on July 02, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationWhat makes MDNA-Madonna's Third Freakout-work much better than her First and Second Freakouts-Erotica and American Life
    -is that we hear a voice that is extremely sad with tears and heartbreak. Falling Free is one of the saddest songs Madonna has ever done. It's hard to let go of love-Madonna is crying and her black Gibson J160E guitar cry a very sad song. Sadness is one thing Madonna does exceptionally well. I love Falling Free but there is almost a sheer hopelessness about the song and she can't do anything about it! Rain, Live to Tell and Something to Remember it ain't!-Falling Free: A Very Sad Madonna Tune! And Inside, Madonna's All Still Wet!-In Sad Tears!
    rabbitbunnyon August 13, 2012   Link

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