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Freedom single picture sleeve.jpg
Italian single picture sleeve
Single by Jimi Hendrix
from the album The Cry of Love
B-side" Angel"
ReleasedMarch 5, 1971 (1971-03-05)
RecordedJune–August 1970
Studio Electric Lady, New York City
Genre Rock
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s)Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix U.S. singles chronology
" Stepping Stone"
" Dolly Dagger"

"Freedom" is a rock song by Jimi Hendrix that is often regarded as one of the most fully realized pieces he wrote and recorded in the months before his death. [1] It incorporates several musical styles and the lyrics reflect various situations facing Hendrix at the time.

Heendrix recorded the song in mid-1970 with his post- Band of Gypsys backing lineup of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, along with additional musicians. "Freedom" became the opening track on The Cry of Love (1971) and, in the U.S., it was released as Hendrix's first posthumous single.


In a song review for AllMusic, Matthew Greenwald writes: "The lyrics seems to be a simple, swaggering lust song (something Hendrix was indeed expert at), but the urban vibe in the title also relates to some of Hendrix's own managerial and business problems at the time." [2] Biographer John McDermott also feels that the lyrics touch upon Hendrix's relationship with Devon Wilson and her heroin addiction: [1]

You know you hooked my girlfriend,
You know the drugstore man
Well I don't need it now,
I'm just tryin' to slap it out of her hand!
Freedom! So I can live! [3]

Music writer Keith Shadwick believes that the lyrics are among Hendrix's "strongest" from his last studio efforts and adds, "It could be about freedom in the wider world as much as it is a cry for freedom for two lovers at war with one another. [4]

Releases and charts

"Freedom" was released March 5, 1971, when it was used as the opening track on The Cry of Love, the first posthumous Hendrix album. [5] In the US, the song was also released as a single and was only one of two posthumous Hendrix singles to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 59. [6]


Other releases

"Freedom" is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix catalogue and is included on several compilations. In 1997, it was used to lead off First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the most comprehensive attempt to present Hendrix's planned fourth studio album. [7] The song is also one of the post- Band of Gypsys developed numbers that Hendrix regularly performed in concert. [7] [a]

Additional releases include:







  1. ^ Others include " Dolly Dagger", " Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)", "In from the Storm", and "Straight Ahead". [8]


  1. ^ a b McDermott, Kramer & Cox 2009, p. 211.
  2. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Jimi Hendrix: 'Freedom' – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  3. ^ Hendrix 2003, p. 62.
  4. ^ Shadwick 2003, p. 234.
  5. ^ a b Shapiro & Glebbeek 1990, p. 539.
  6. ^ "Jimi Hendrix: Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b McDermott 1997, p. 5.
  8. ^ McDermott, Kramer & Cox 2009, pp. 207–208, 211–215.
  9. ^ McDermott 2000.
  10. ^ McDermott 2010.
  11. ^ McDermott 2002.
  12. ^ Loder 2001.