December 01, 2004
"Free Bird"? But my dear Lynyrd Skynyrd, that makes no sense!
As the EtherHubby and I were in the car listening to our local "classic rock" station, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" came on, as it always will if you listen to a classic rock station for more than 45 minutes. "Did you ever notice," EtherHub mused, "that birds usually mate for life? So this guy's justification for leaving his girl, because he's as 'free as a bird now,' doesn't make any sense."
"It's just part of the gotta-be-movin'-on,-babe axis of 70s rock, like 'Ramble On' by Led Zep, or 'Ramblin' Man' by the Allman Brothers," I said. "I gather that at one time shacking up with a woman and then dumping her was considered the essence of machismo."
"But the guy in this song sounds like a real freeloader. Birds are really industrious. I think he should stop comparing himself to a bird and call the song 'Free Bum,' because that's obviously what he is."
"I like it. Then he can sing, 'Cause I'm as free as a bum now! Can you spare a little chaaaaange?'"
At last, a reason not to turn off this wretched song: Singalong time!