The Beatles Song Of The Day- Free As A Bird

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is Free As A Bird.  Free As A Bird was on The Beatles Anthology 1 which came out in 1995. The song was originally written by John Lennon. When Paul, George and Ringo decided to do a couple new songs for the project of course John had to be included. It all started out when Paul called Yoko on January 1, 1994 to wish her a happy new year. Later Paul attended John’s induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -where Paul and Yoko talked of the remaining Beatles getting together and doing something using one of John’s home demos. This was the song they chose. Sure it was a novelty single- to get attention to The Beatles Anthology albums and documentary but they did a pretty good job on it. Jeff Lynne was brought in as producer- due to George’s insisting. Free As A Bird was released as a single in late 1995 and went to #2 in the UK and #6 in the US. The video was pretty good-John Lennon: lead vocals, piano: Paul McCartney: lead and harmony vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, piano: George Harrison: lead and harmony vocals, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele. Ringo Starr: backing vocals, drums: Jeff Lynne : backing vocals, electric guitar. Produced by Jeff Lynne.

 

  • rating “Free As A Bird” **** stars out of 5 stars.
  • Length of Song- 4: 24.
  • Recorded  1977 by Lennon- February-March 1994 by The Beatles.
  • Released as a single #2 in UK, #6 in US.
  • Spignesi and Lewis rank it at #26 in their Beatles 100. critic Bill Wyman #206 out of 213. No one else had it in their Top 100.

 

Free as a bird
It’s the next best thing to be
Free as a bird
La, la, la, la
Home and dry
Like a homing bird I fly
As a bird on wings
Whatever happened to the life that we once knew
Can we really live without each other?
Where did we lose the touch
That seemed to mean so much
It always made me feel so
Free as a bird
It’s the next best thing to be
Free as a bird
La, la, la, la
Home and dry
Like a homing bird I fly
As a bird on wings
Whatever happened to
The life that we once knew?
Always made me feel so free
Free as a bird
It’s the next best thing to be
Free as a bird
Free as a bird
Free as a bird
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Free
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7 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day- Free As A Bird

  1. They did do a really good job with what they had to work with. It was exciting at the time to hear a “new” Beatles song since I missed the original run.

    • Same here- I think they did well with what they had… feels weird I’ve been doing these Beatles Songs of The Day since March- one more to go… I think they did right at limiting it to two- just enough without running that into the ground.

    • Yes didn’t George stop them from doing a third? A song called Now and Then I believe. They left it fresh so that was good.

    • I think you are right about George… I always find it funny the what if talk as far as if John had lived etc- everyone assumes the issue was bringing John and Paul back together.. I think the issue would have been getting George back on board.

    • It always seemed to me George is the one that- the Beatle years effected the most. I always recall the statement about how they gave their nervous systems…. he didn’t do a lot of touring as a solo artist. I think he was happiest at home and being with his friends. I don’t think he would have wanted to have joined the circus again…. and there is always the George -Paul thing- I was thinking about it- there are people I like and love- and would do anything for- but wouldn’t want to spend days on end with..

    • I think George-Paul thing was more complex than the John-Paul thing. I’m surprised he did it when he did…I think money was a motivating cause.
      I know he felt Paul and sometimes John looked down on him for different reasons but Paul seemed to affect him the most.

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