"Free To Go" as written by Louis Knox Barlow, John Davis and Wally Gagel....
Catching butterflies, line drives, watching TV
I had seven good years ‘til they noticed they were looking at me
I didn't like what they see

Trapped in the back seat, stay on your side
My hand out the window feeling the air rush by
While my parents fight

Where did you go? Did I make you leave?
Another thing I didn't know
Nobody ever believes. They just leave, they just leave
And they'll see you on their own sweet time
They just leave

I didn't leave my room ‘til I learned how to drive
I was sweet seventeen, fighting with the back of my mind
‘Til the wheel was all mine

Free to go, but still to young to leave
Old enough to think I know
That nobody ever believes, they just leave, they just leave

My plane landed, I'm alive
I'm not fighting with the things
I never thought I'd do to survive
Now we've finally arrived

Now I know, more than I've ever believed
You could never let me know
You were just as young as me
You had to leave, you had to leave

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"Free to Go" as written by Louis Knox Barlow John Davis

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    General CommentThis is a perfect pop tune.
    And it was my soundtrack when I was sweet 17, love the lyrics, nostalgic and sort of self pitying. Love it.
    nobodyon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsome guy uses this song in the background of his animation, it sounds great, i love it it has great use of instruments and stuff..
    smashing_meon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgreed, excellent use of instruments - good beat. The lyrics make this one a cut above the others on the album tho, IMO. I like how he takes snapshots from 7, 17 and twenty-something+ (27?) and brings out that feeling of being stuck in a situation outside your control... but in the end it's not a sad song chewing on past problems, it's just the singer ruminating on how life happens. No blame, no guilt, just life- real people. Wish there were more like this
    ElScorcho81on December 11, 2009   Link
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    MemoryGrowing up in a really dysfunctional family, my sister had to take care of me like she was my mother. She moved out when I was 11 and felt guilty for not saving me. I feel like I could have written this song to her.
    sparkyminon January 23, 2011   Link

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