"40 Oz. To Freedom" as written by Bradley James Nowell and Marshall Raymond Goodman....
You've got your hair permed
You've got your red dress on
Screamin' that second gear was such a turn on
And the fog forming on my window tells me that the morning's here
And you'll be gone before too long

Who taught you those new tricks?
Damn I shouldn't start that talk,
But life is one big question when your starin' at the clock
And the answers always waiting at the liquor store, forty ounce to freedom
So I take that walk

And I know that oh, I'm not comin' back
Oh not going back
Oh God knows not going back
Oh not goin'

And you look so fine, when you lie, it just don't show,
But I know which way the wind blows
A forty ounce to freedom is the only chance I have to feel good
Even though I feel bad

And I know that, oh, I'm not goin' back
Oh not going back
Oh God knows I'm not going back
Ohh

Oh, I'm not goin' back
Oh not going back
Oh God knows I'm not going back
Ohh


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"40oz. to Freedom" as written by Bradley Nowell Marshall Goodman

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  • +9
    General CommentOK first of all this is songmeanings.net not cockriders.net. Anyway this song is about a fight he had with his girlfriend after he got out of jail this is why.
    You got your hair permed, you got your red dress on, screamin' that second gear was such a turn-on.
    MEANS
    She got all dressed up for his return from jail

    And the fog forming on my window tells me that the mornings here and you'll be gone before too long.
    Means he fucked her in the car on the way home and she always goes home in the morning after sex.

    Who taught you those new tricks? Damn, I shouldn't start that talk but life is one big question when your starin' at the clock....
    Means: Who you been fucking while I'm jail...I'm sorry I shouldn't have said that but all you can do in jail is think. If you ever been you'd understand.

    And you look so fine when you lie, it just don't show but i know which way the wind blows.
    Means: You are a good liar you manipulative whore but I'm not a dumbass you don't learn new sex tricks on your own.
    A 40oz to freedom is the only chance I have to feel good even though I feel bad.
    Means: A 40oz to freedom is the only chance I have to feel good even though I feel bad.
    Ooohhh....I'm not goin' back. Ohh I'm not going back. Ohh God knows, im not going back. Ohhh I'm...not goin'

    Ooohhh....I'm not goin' back. Ohh, I'm not going back Ohh, God knows, I'm not going back Ohhh, I'm...not goin' back
    Means: I'm never going to steal another fucking car again. So I won't go back to prison.
    sno182on June 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf we'll all notice for just a moment that brad wasn't necessarily an alcoholic or a pothead or anything (substance wise) but a junkie, and junkies always feel better with some sort of alien (or chemical) substance coursing through their veins, so they'll do any drug pretty much. Scary, huh? Also, when you think about it, so many amazing artists (namely musicians in the past 30 years) have addictive personalities, and tendancies to abuse drugs. Coincidence? I dunno, but I do know that Brad Nowell was an amazing guy with an amazing voice and an old soul. Peace!
    PeaceGypsy420on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome stoner music, sublime was an awesome ass band, they're lyrics are pure bliss and funny as hell .. *rip* bradley, your missed dearly!
    xgrrbabion April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about escape from a bad reality through drinking, namely a 40 oz of beer.
    OceanOfChaoson May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it means that bard was an alcoholic but it doesn't matter this is an awsome song
    punkrockron June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit doesn't necessarily mean he was an alcoholic I don't think. Brad Nowell was great though. People who aren't alcoholics drink to escape too...I can't think of one person I know who hasn't. This is just an awesome song....a great album too!
    chelzadoron June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song.
    muzik bitchon July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOf course we all know this song is about escaping thru alcohol,, (or nething else) The song is fantastic, I still listen to it almost every day, I love you Brad, RIP,, RIP LOUIE DOG TOO!!!
    spicklyon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSublime was an awesome band. That's stating the obvious as well, oh well, seeing them in concert would be one thing I would have liked to have done. Not that I'm a diehard Sublime fan, really.. it's just really good music. That had nothing to do with anything I was supposed to be saying. Blah!
    xScOttSaDoRkxon October 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentkick ass song for sure. It pretty much describes itself, but Sublime was definately good at what they did.
    We'll miss ya Brad RIP! xoxoxo
    jenelle182on March 06, 2003   Link

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