Freedom Ain't Free

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lyrics

Yeah
I'm one of those freestyle MCs
I freestyle for days
But this is a song about freestyle
Not in freestyle
'Cause freestyle ain't free
Nor should it be

Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty
It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free
Freedom from oppression and tyranny
Or freedom from people livin’ too freely
Too free to make a mess and leave
Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free
Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash
People that freedom ain’t free

My freestyle ain’t free, it’s highly regulated
That’s what keeps it elevated instead of degraded
I voluntarily restrain it, so you get something from it
It’s free but it’s not free, it needs infrastructure
You wanna hear a freestyle that’s really free?
Check it out: [Gibberish]
Yeah, I improvised every syllable in that sequence!
But was the lack of semantic content a weakness?
Okay, here’s a freestyle that’s slightly less free
[Semi-random sequence of words]
Those words came straight up off of the top of my dome!
But in retrospect they didn’t have a point, or a flow
So I suppose when I freestyle, it should really have parameters
So you can tell the difference between professionals and amateurs
It’s gotta work sonically and rhythmically and logically
It's better off with better laws, kinda like market economies


Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty
It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free
Freedom from oppression and tyranny
Or freedom from people livin’ too freely
Too free to make a mess and leave
Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free
Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash
People that freedom ain’t free

It ain’t free, too much freedom is dangerous
Your freedom to swing a fist ends where my face begins
Freedom ain’t free, freedom involves tradeoffs
We don’t want a banker to be free like Bernie Madoff
People, freedom ain’t free, freedom for Cecil the Lion
Means you gotta take away the freedom of dentists to buy him
Yeah freedom ain’t free, too much freedom, I’ve had enough
Of the freedom to stash money tax-free in Panama
Freedom from predators, not freedom for predators
Freedom from shaky loans promoted by shady creditors
I want you to have the freedom to say whatever you’re thinkin’
But not the freedom to drive on the highway when you’re heavy drinkin’
I want freedom from bein’ shot randomly in the streets
That freedom’s bigger than your second amendment freedom to pack heat
I just want to be free to receive medical treatment when it’s needed
The threat of medical bankruptcy is not freedom


Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty
It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free
Freedom from oppression and tyranny
Or freedom from people livin’ too freely
Too free to make a mess and leave
Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free
Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash
People that freedom ain’t free


Freedom ain’t free, on its own it’s chaos
I want freedom like Picasso, not like a baby with crayons
Freedom ain’t free, you want freedom of religion?
I want freedom from religious reasons to be a bigot
People, freedom ain’t free, freedom involves sacrifice
If pollution causes harm, pollution should have a price
Freedom ain’t free, you say you want a free market?
I want a market free from people dumpin’ their garbage on me

Freedom ain’t free
Hope you liked the “freestyle”
Even if it’s not entirely free
Peace out

credits

from The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, released September 30, 2016
Written by D. Brinkman, L. Kidder and D. Moross
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Slide and electric guitar by John Ellis
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linda Kidder

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