Free as a Bird (4:23)

Cover of Anthology 1

From Anthology 1 and 9 other releases

“Free as a Bird” is a song performed by The Beatles. The single was released December 4th 1995, as part of the promotion for the release of The Beatles Anthology video documentary and the band’s Anthology 1 compilation album.

The song had been written and recorded as a demo by John Lennon in 1977. Paul McCartney asked Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono for any unreleased material by Lennon, and “Free as a Bird” was chosen as being the song all three remaining Beatles could be involved in, as they could finish the arrangement and write extra lyrics. Jeff Lynne of The Electric Light Orchestra was asked to co-produce the record as he had worked with George Harrison as part of The Traveling Wilburys.

The music video for “Free as a Bird” was produced by Vincent Joliet and directed by Joe Pytka (Space Jam) and depicts, from the point of view of a bird in flight, many references to Beatles songs, such as “Penny Lane”, “Paperback Writer”, “A Day in the Life”, “Eleanor Rigby” and “Helter Skelter”. “Free as a Bird” later won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was The Beatles’ 34th Top 10 single in America. It was the first of two singles by the group to become a Top 40 hit in the 1990s . It was the first time a new recording had been released under The Beatles’ name since “The Long and Winding Road” in 1970. The promotional video was broadcast during episode one of “The Beatles Anthology” that aired on ITV in the UK and ABC in the U.S

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  • xterra12

    well hi there is hope

    22 Dec 7:44pm Reply
  • whydearprudence

    I love this song so much

    27 Nov 1:25am Reply
  • j7ndominica

    Without a known release date or liner notes, when played back over the radio, this song puzzled me for many years. It does have some of the Jeff Lynne sound of the 80s. Personally the 1995 was a year of freedom for me. Most good music was made in those few years. In the end there is the hidden phrase "Turned out nice again", which I always thought was a modern lo-fi TV news recording saying something like "it's gone by now", meaning good times and freedom.

    7 May 12:00am Reply
  • dinodelvino

    At 60 I wonder whatever happened to the world I once new. I don't feel free as a bird anymore like I did in the day.

    2 Mar 6:00am Reply
  • SisterBlackHair

    I can't stand this song this song makes me cry so much i want to cry i love this song

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    the best of this band

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ALEXBARABASH

    Маккартни и Харрисон использовали старую запись голоса Леннона способом наложения на мелодию и создали этот шедевр!

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NowhereGirll

    :') beautiful song

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Maggadin85

    Goosebumps, tears in my eyes...

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Pa4Pan

    nice words, sunking.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SunKing1969

    This song brings me close to tears whenever it comes on the shuffle...hearing Paul say that they had to imagine John as being simply out for a stroll or out for lunch while recording it in order to not break down emotionally...man, one day in the beyond, they'll all be free as a bird together...even if for a moment...all differences gone.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • niQboy

    How amazing is this song? Never heard it before this, what a crime.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Huffstuff420

    The last real Beatles song...

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    I agree with the comment below, the video is fantastic

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • StereoGirl95

    The video to this song is fantastic!

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    Nice one , I really like it.

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    Catchy.

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    Nostalgic.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    excellent solo

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jessthehippie91

    That guitar solo... the most beautiful guitar solo from George, I must say. Peace + Love

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
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