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­Free Bird

Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

All chords ½ measure (2 beats) unless otherwise noted.

 

Intro: / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

           / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

           / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

           / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

 

G        D                   Em (1)   F                  C                        D (1)

    If I leave here tomorrow,       would you still remember me?

G                  D                   Em (1)   F                                         C                        D (1)

    For I must be traveling on, now,       'cause there's too many places I've got to see

G              D                     Em (1)   F                   C                        D (1)

    But, if I stay here with you, girl,     things just couldn't be the same

G                       D              Em (1)   F                   C                         D (1)

    'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,      and this bird you cannot change, oh, oh, oh, oh

 

F                   C                         D (1)

Oh, and this bird you cannot change

F                  C                         D (1)

    And this bird you cannot change

F          C                         D (1)

    Lord knows, I can't change

 

Interlude: / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

                  / G - D - / Em - - - / F - C - / D - - - /

 

G              D                           Em (1)                        F                       C                      D (1)

    Bye, bye, baby, it's been a sweet love, yeah, yeah,     though this feeling I can't change

G                           D               Em (1)   F             C                             D (1)

    But please don't take it so badly,           'cause Lord knows I'm to blame

G              D                     Em (1)   F                   C                        D (1)

    But, if I stay here with you, girl,     things just couldn't be the same

G                       D              Em (1)   F                   C                         D (1)

    'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,      and this bird you cannot change, oh, oh, oh, oh

 

F                   C                         D (1)

Oh, and the bird you cannot change

F                  C                         D (1)

    And this bird you cannot change

F          C                         D (1)

    Lord knows, I can't change

F          C                      D (1)

    Lord help me, I can't chayayayayayayayange

 

Double Time:

G (1)     Bb (1)    C (2)

        Lord, I can't change

                G (1)    Bb (1)   C (2)

Won't you fly    high,        free bird, yeah

 

Solo:

Rhythm

Solo Cues

Chords

Main

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

Theme

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Noodle

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

2-Hits

D D XXXXD D XXXX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+D D XUXUXUXUXUXU

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Main

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

 

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Low Theme

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - (E) (F) (F#) /

Walk into G

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

D XUD XU 0 1 2 3

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

Noodle

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - (E) (F) (F#) / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - (E) (F) (F#) /

 

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - (E) (F) (F#) /

Stops

D D D   D D D

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

D D D   D D D D

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

Meedlies

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Meeeedlies

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Main

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

Noodle

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Chuggachug

D D D D D D D D 1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

Sirens

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Build (same as Chuggachug)

High Siren

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Main

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

Noodle

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) / G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) /

 

/ G - - - / (Bb) - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - B Bb A /

2-Hits

D D XXXXD D XXXX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+D D XUXUXUXUXUXU

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) /

Ending Lick

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - (Bb) / G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Main

D XUD XUXUXUD XX

1+2+3+4+1+2+3+4+

 

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

Holds

Tremelo strum each chord

 

fermata              fermata            fermata

/ G  (2 snares) / Bb  (2 snares) / C  (2 snares) /

Slow March

D  UDU

1+2+3+ x4

More Licks

/ G - - - / Bb - - - / C - - - /

Big Hold

Tremelo strum

 

fermata                                     fermata

/ G (slowly slide up an octave) / G (+ one last hit)  /

End

 

G

 


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.