You got my pride
hanging out of my bed
You're messin' around with my life
So I bought my ...
You even mess with my children
And you're screamin' at my wife, baby
Get off my back,
if you wanna get outta here alife

Freedom, give it to me
That's what I want now
Freedom, that's what I need now
Freedom to live
Freedom, so I can give

You got my heart
speak electric water
You got my soul
screamin' and howlin'
You know you hook my girlfriend
You know the drug¨store man
But I don't need it now
I was trying to slap it out of her head

Freedom, so I can give
Freedom, yeah
Freedom, that's what I need

You don't have to say that you love
if you don't mean it
You'd better believe
If you need me
or you just wanna bleed me
you'd better stickin' your dagger in someone else
So I can leave
Set me free


Right on, straight ahead
Stay up and straight ahead

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    General CommentCool song by the greatest. I really don't know what it is about but it may have something to do with the Black Panthers. They wanted Jimi to join them.
    Crush Hiveon May 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis does seem to be a civil rights song.
    Comrade_Liaron August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJimi never wrote beautiful lyrics to read.......but if you listened to the way he sung those lyrics they became very beautiful or at least brought much greater meaning to those words.

    Amazing blast off of a this point in his career Jimi wasn't as concerned with a smooth pop song and this certainly ins't smooth, but you won't hear to many songs better
    pton December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can see how this might be about the Panthers, especially the lyrics "You don't have to say that you love, if you don't mean it". At first I thought this song was about a potential suitor that was rejected, but the Black Panther explanation sounds more appropriate.
    sir_schwickon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe descending bass line in the beginning is awesome. great song, nuff said.
    beedudeon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"jimi never wrote beautiful lyrics to read" haha good one.... ever heard of little wing?
    the beast 6on March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCould this possibly be about drugs? My first thought was a relationship, but the different stories and other aspects make me think perhaps drugs??

    Chasing freedom from the addictive nature of drugs and the influences they've had on life. The first verse could be that the drugs are affecting his ability to be with his children and causing fights with his wife. The last line could suggest that if he doesn't kick it, he won't get out of here alive.

    The second verse definitely seems to suggest a drug habit.

    The third verse ... is about the only one that suggests it is something else. Although could be using a metaphor (of back stabbing) in that drugs make things feel better but in reality make the situation worse.

    I tend to try find lyrics that don't suggest drugs ... but given the culture of drugs at the time, and the lyrics used it seems the most straightforward.
    sokornyon August 05, 2016   Link

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