Loretta Lynn performs “I Wanna Be Free” Live On Grand Ole Opry 1990.

On the US Hot Country Singles charts, it reached number # 3, on June 12, 1971, it reached the number # 1 of the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists.

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I Wanna Be Free:

Song written and recorded by Loretta Lynn, for the Decca label, was recorded on November 25, 1970, at Bradley’s Barn, 722 Bender’s Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, TN. Loretta was accompanied in the recording by, Ray Edenton (acoustic guitar), Dale Sellars (guitar), Hal Rugg (steel), Harold Bradley (electric guitar, bass & guitar), Junior Huskey (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Hargus Robbins (piano) and The Jordanaires. With the production of Owen Bradley, the song was released in February 1971, on the US Hot Country Singles charts, it reached number # 3, on June 12, 1971, it reached the number # 1 of the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists.

Lp cover Loretta Lynn ( Decca 1971 )
Lp cover Loretta Lynn ( Decca 1971 )

The song was included in Loretta’s eighteenth studio album, I Wanna Be Free (Decca 1971), the album was released on May 10, 1971, on the US Hot Country Albums charts, it reached # 5.

Considered one of the 10 best songs of Loretta, the song was written on the back of his bus tour, while looking out the window at the landscape.
The song has a narrator who pulls his ring after his lover leaves, and she goes alone, just wanting to be free.

Versions:

Daniel O’Donnell & Loretta Lynn 2008 (DPTV Media)

Loretta Lynn – I Wanna Be Free Lyrics

Well, I look out the window
And what do I see
The breeze is a blowing
The leaves from the trees
Everything is free, everything but me

I’m gonna take this chain
From around my finger
And throw her just as far as I can sling her
‘Cause I wanna be free

When my baby left me
Everything died but a little bluebird
Was singing just outside
Singing twidle-de-dee, fly away with me

Well, you know
I think I’m a gonna live
Gotta lotta love left in me to give
So I wanna be free

I’ve released my heart, my soul
And my mind and I’m a feeling fine
I broke the chains, the ring of gold
Before it broke my mind

Well, look who’s crying
And it ain’t me
But I can’t hardly hear
And I can’t have see
Oh, I wanna be free

I’ve released my heart, my soul
And my mind and I’m a feeling fine
I broke the chains, the ring of gold
Before it broke my mind

Oh, and look who’s crying
And it ain’t me
But I can’t hardly hear
And I can’t have see
Do I wanna be free?
Did I wanna be free?
Yeah, I wanna be free, free

Single Loretta Lynn ( Decca 1971 )
Single Loretta Lynn ( Decca 1971 )

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