Stevie Wonder: Free

In the late 1980s it felt as if the world was sorting itself out. The Berlin wall came down in 1989, and Nelson Mandela was released after 21 years in 1990. Mandela turned 90 this past week, so here is Stevie Wonder’s pretty gospel song “Free” of 1987 in a video that seems to be dedicated to Mandela. But who are all those other people?

Free like the river
Flowing freely through infinity
Free to be sure of
What I am and who I need not be
Free from all worries
Worries prey on oneself’s troubled mind
Freer than the clock’s hands
Tickin’ way the times
Freer than the meaning of free that man defines
Life running through me
Till I feel my father God has called
Me having nothin’
But possessing riches more than all
And I’m free
To be nowhere
But in every place I need to be
Freer than a sunbeam
Shining through my soul
Free from feelin’ heat or knowing bitter cold
Free from conceiving the beginning
For that’s the infinite start
I’m gone – gone but still living
Life goes on without a beating heart
Free like a vision
That the mind of only you can see
Freer than a raindrop
Falling from the sky
Freer than a smile in a baby’s sleepin’ eyes
I’m free like a river
Flowin’ freely through infinity
I’m free to be sure of what
I am and who I need not to be
I’m much freer – like the meaning of the word free that crazy man defines
Free – free like the vision that
The mind of only you are ever gonna see
Free like the river my life
Goes on and on through infinity

An overlooked song from Stevie Wonder‘s otherwise forgettable “Characters” album of 1987. Stevie Wonder is on tour in Europe and will be in Germany in September.

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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