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Old Sep 10, 2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Since 9/11 is coming up, I just thought that this was a good time to post and discuss this. I've read on other Beatle forums and saw that Paul's "Freedom" is one of his worst songs. I just want to know why?

I mean I have to admit I do enjoy "Freedom", and that is one of my favorite Paul songs. The reason why is the lyrics and the guitar solo. But everyone just bashes the song, like its nothing. I mean Paul wrote for that 9/11 victims, yet the guy is British and writes it for Americans, that's how much Paul loves America. I mean I've seen 9/11 tribute videos on Youtube with John's "Imagine" as the song being played, but John wrote that 30 years before 9/11. however I do understand "Imagine" has the same meaning, how we all feel about 9/11, but Paul wrote "Freedom" for 9/11, John wrote "Imagine" for religious purposes.

So like I said, why is Paul's "Freedom" bashed and considered one of his worst songs?
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Old Sep 10, 2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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I think it's because the song's motivation is misunderstood. I've heard many people say that it's a song supporting George W. Bush (!!) and everything he did wrong, not the 9/11 victims.

And there's also the anti-American feelings, still so common around the world.
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Old Sep 10, 2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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I think it's because the song's motivation is misunderstood. I've heard many people say that it's a song supporting George W. Bush (!!) and everything he did wrong, not the 9/11 victims.

And there's also the anti-American feelings, still so common around the world.
I have to disagree with that.
Shortly after 9/11 support for the U.S.A., Bush even, in Europe was at it highest. Everyone felt deeply for the vicitims and the families of those who lives were lost.

As the song itself it seems that most just thought that while the sentiments are good, the song itself was just bad.
And that's what I think also, the lyrics could have been better, and I just don't think it's a good song.

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Old Sep 11, 2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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I enjoyed the tune of it and the one live performance I saw at its release, but it got boring instantly. The intentions of the song are nice, but over all its just blah and sort of cliched.
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I enjoyed the tune of it and the one live performance I saw at its release, but it got boring instantly. The intentions of the song are nice, but over all its just blah and sort of cliched.
Yeah I agree. It was a really decent thing for him to do but it is pretty blah.
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I have to disagree with that.
Shortly after 9/11 support for the U.S.A., Bush even, in Europe was at it highest. Everyone felt deeply for the vicitims and the families of those who lives were lost.

As the song itself it seems that most just thought that while the sentiments are good, the song itself was just bad.
And that's what I think also, the lyrics could have been better, and I just don't think it's a good song.
To be honest, I've never listened to the song, LMAO
But yeah... I've heard it sucks completely, no matter when it was written or about what it is.

But I just can't disregard the feeling that the anti-americanism, specially after everything Bush did (even though he was getting support by the time the song was written), has some influence.
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heh, whaddayaknow, i like the song AND I loved President George Walker Bush (except for the way he handled the whole financial meltdown thing)!
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I first heard "Freedom" on the tv special they had after 9/11. It was like 2 hours long or something with no commercials. All these great artists came out and just played music. It was beautiful. Really sad, too... but uplifting in a way only music can make it. It was a great way to grieve together as a nation, imo.

Anyway, when Paul came out, my heart was instantly overjoyed. Since I grew up with the Beatles, Paul is like a favorite uncle who can always make me feel happy. And then he started to sing...

I wanted to cry... because the song was soooooooooooooooo beneath him. So simple, but not elegant at all. And in such a beautiful event, it just stood out. It had nothing to do with anti-American sentiment or Bush or anything. It was just a crappy song. Like beatlebangs says, "A D- effort from an A+ student."
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While I never cared for the song and felt it was the equivalent of a D composition from an A+ Honors Student, I appreciated the fact that Paul's heart was in the right place. I always thought the song was about 9/11/01.
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