The Monkees

I Wanna Be Free

(Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)

Lead Vocals: Davy Jones
Acoustic Guitar: Gerry McGee, & Louie Shelton
Bass: Larry Taylor
Harpsichord: Michael Rubini
Violin: Bonnie Douglas & Paul Shure
Viola: Myra Kestenbaum
Cello: Fred Seykora
Produced By: Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Recorded At: RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood
Date: July 19, 1966

Apparently, both the slow and fast versions of this song were produced on this day. For the slow version, the following musicians were used: Gerry McGee and Louie Shelton on guitars; Michael Rubini on harpsichord; Bonnie Douglas and Paul Shure on violins; Myra Kestenbaum on viola; and Fred Seykora on cello. Davy handled the lead vocal on this version. While both versions of the song were featured in the pilot episode of the TV show, only the slow version made the album. A karaoke version of the recording was released on the Japanese The Monkees Rule.

On CD:
The Monkees Music Box (2001), Rhino Records R2 76706
The Monkees (1994), Rhino Records R2 71790


I wanna be free,
Like the bluebirds flying by me
Like the waves out on the blue sea.
If your love has to tie me, don't try me,
Say good-bye.

I wanna be free,
Don't say you love me say you like me,
But when I need you beside me,
Stay close enough to guide me, confide in me,

I wanna hold yur hand,
Walk along the sand
Laughing in the sun,
Always having fun
Doing all those things
Without any strings
To tie me down.

I wanna be free,
Like the warm September wind, babe.
Say you'll always be my friend, babe.
We can make it to the end, babe,
Again, babe, I gotta say:
I wanna be free
I wanna be free
I wanna be free

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