Free My Way



Jingle jangle, here's the jailer
Heaven's here right now on earth
Legal wrangle, holy papers
You gotta know your worth

I'm gonna free my way
Be my way
Wonder can you see me laughing in this place

Gotta be my way
Free my way
Wonder can you see me laughing in this place

Jingle jangle, here's the jailer
Heaven's here right now on earth

I'm gonna free my way
Be my way
Wonder can you see me laughing in this place

Gotta be my way
Free my way
Wonder can you see me laughing in this place

Thou shalt not bear false witness
Against thy neighbour
I was your neighbour
Now you're in danger


Lyrics by:
Brown

Available on:
Golden Greats (4.17)

Details:
One of the standout tracks on the album, the emotive Free My Way was penned by Ian in B Wing of Strangeways. A cutting final verse recites the Eighth Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" (Exodus 20: 16), intimating perjury.

Opening with a flourish of keys and other prison sounds, the galloping drums from one speaker to the other evokes a horse bolting free. Ian described to The Universal his attempt to encapsulate the grim Victoriana of Strangeways, "with jailers listening to a string quartet while people are being sentenced." The track is a modern take on 'We Love You' by The Rolling Stones, which featured John Lennon and Paul McCartney on backing vocals. It was written after Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested on drug charges stemming from a raid on Keith's house in Redlands, on 12th February 1967. The song was a 'thank you' message to the fans who had supported Jagger and Richards through their ordeal.

 

Mick Jagger under arrest in February 1967.


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