You’ve probably heard of Freebird. If you have, you probably think of it as one of the world’s greatest songs, or as a complete party stopper. If you haven’t heard of Freebird, here’s a little spoiler alert. One of those descriptions is accurate. Guess which one.
It’s one of the world’s greatest songs. Ever. I mean it. It’s a bit slow, is mostly about how this one guy has so much freedom and that if he stays with this woman, things can’t be the same. HOWEVER, the last four minutes, or so, are the greatest four minutes of any song, on any album, by any band, for any purpose, in any decade of any century. That’s a That Guy Fact. #53 to be exact. I’ll be writing a list for you all some time.
So, the song. As I say, the lyrics are a bit… off, but when I say that, I say it knowing that in reality, lyrics do not make a song. Sure, that makes everything I have ever said about lyrics completely irrelevant. I should rephrase that to be ‘lyrics are not always needed, to make an accurate and fair judgement of a song’. That’s better. Am I still hired?
So, the lyrics are a bit sucky. They fit the mood at the start, but that’s where the mood ends, because somewhere in the planning stages of this song, they decided to cheer things up a bit, with a FOUR MINUTE GUITAR SOLO! Yes. Four minutes of guitar solo. Now, I know, guitar does not make a song. BUT THIS TIME, IT DOES!
No, be serious. It’s not just the guitar. The way the lyrics are sang work well with the mood, the sudden change from ‘oh so moody’ to ‘yay! guitar!’, is brilliant and again, works well.
My policy to avoid looking at the video, has been met again, so I can’t comment on that part. I can, however, say, that anything which doesn’t involve an eagle flying through a valley, with a camera strapped to its back and a mini-version of Lynyrd Skynyrd playing awesome guitar on it’s back, would disappoint me greatly.
That said, how can I score this?
I have to take the lyrics into account here, so, although it would easily be in my top ten of absolutely any list of songs, I cannot give it a 10/10 score. sorry Lynyrd.