As soon as you hear the word ‘Freedom’ this song, whether it be Janis Joplin, Robert Miller or Gordon Lightfoot comes unbidden to mind. Kris Kristofferson wrote this song in the sixties. The title was given to him by Fred Foster. A bit like us getting a prompt from Charli. He struggled with it a bit and latched on to items that had impacted on him. A song by Mickey Newbury Why you been gone so long? and a Fellini film La Strada. Images from these two stimulated him and Me and Bobby McGee was written. The line “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” is because in the story line of the film a simple trombone playing girl is left on the roadside by Anthony Quinn. He was elated that he was finally free of her. Some time, later in life, he discovers she had died as a result of being left. He goes a drinks himself stupid and gets into a bad fight. The line signifies the cost of freedom – what is good for one is not good for another.
This is true in so many facets in life. We go to war to give people freedom or do we just leave those same people with a worse fate. Parole boards might give the serial rapist his freedom allowing him to recommit his crime. Moving from the confines of a structured society to a Pacific Island where untold freedom is found to act in ways harmful to themselves. Even in many marriages one person might want a bit more freedom……..
“Now. tomorrow after we walk the dogs we’ve got that art course. It goes for four hours. Have to leave it on time cause Rosie is coming 2.30. Then have to walk the dogs as Barbara is expecting me at six.”
“I can’t listen to any more. I just want my freedom.” He stamped his foot.
“What do you mean?”
“I just want to be free. I want the freedom to wake up and decide then what I want to do – not have it all planned out. “
“You do nothing but….”
“ I wish.”
“Your freedom will be my gaol.”
This is in response to Charli’s prompt for this week where she prompts:
In 99 words (no more, no less) let freedom ring in your story. It can be about breaking out of oppression, standing up to a bully, fighting for inalienable rights. Does an individual’s freedom conflict with the cause of the greater good? Does freedom of the greater good oppress individuals? It could be a political debate, a social media argument, a snippet of reality failing the ideal. Or make it heroic. Let us feel like wearing kilts and shouting to free Scots! Be free with your imagination.
Respond by noon (PST) Tuesday, September 23 to be included in the compilation.