"Freedom of '76" as written by and Michael Melchiondo....
Freedom of the body
Freedom of the mind
A ho on South Street hired for tricks
Little girls pickin' up sticks
Freedom of '76

Wastee little weasel
Wants cheap tricks
Liberty bell cracked in half
A bacon steak
A perfect match
Freedom of '76

My girl Sasha
Lookin' good on the street
"Mannequin" was filmed at Woolworth's
Boyz II Men still keepin' up the beat, yeah
Freedom of '76

Fairmount Park in the summer
Lookin' good on the street
"Mannequin" was filmed at Woolworth's
Boyz II Men still keepin' up the beat, yeah
Freedom of '76, nah yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Ohh, baby, yeah yeah, yeah

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"Freedom of '76" as written by Jr. Michael Melchiondo

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  • +4
    General Comment'76 does not refer to the year. this song's about philadelphia. you know? 1776. boyz II men are from philly. mannequin was filmed at John Wanamaker's Department Store (Woolworth's), fairmount park, liberty bell, south street.
    buckowenson December 17, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you grew up in Philly in the same generation as Dean and Gene, many of these cultural references make sense as to how historic-yet-lame the city felt in the late 70s and 80s. The city was ghetto, but trying to promote this "image" which loosely ties together Rocky, cheesesteaks, and Ben Franklin.

    Appropriately ridiculous.
    interpretatoron January 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's so sweet, and the fact that even though they aren't refering to 1976, but play the song like it was written in '76 is so cool. I'm really starting to like Ween a lot...
    Squevenon March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAny song that references "Mannequin" and Boyz II Men in the same song is cool in my book. Too bad neither of them were popular in '76. Ween still rocks!! Get out soon Deaner!!
    skiguskion December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTight song. (It's a fact)
    vikesfan953on May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA tribute to Philly, which is not too far from New Hope where they grew up.
    twinegardenon May 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGetting a BJ in Philly. Liberty Bell has more than one meaning here.
    taverneron October 29, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonWhile I agree with the top comments about this song being all about Philly, I feel like everyone's missing the most important thing to be said about this song. Ween are musical hipsters and the kings of less-than-obvious spoofs, particularly of highly sentimental songs that few of us think to question or make fun of. This song is clearly a spoof of Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom". Fire up YouTube and listen to them one after the other, and tell me you don't hear it.
    FabrikeOnSheenon October 29, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI used to dismiss Ween as some whacked out band that made money off of writing whacked out songs, but seeing them play this song live totally changed my mind about them. They can pull off anything. This is a great, soul-filled, summertime song. It's hard to believe they are white.
    Superblaston September 30, 2004   Link

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