Tuesday 19 July 2022

Born free!

Excellent song from my childhood - written by the brilliant John Barry and sung by the fine voice of Matt Monro. 

It's a simple tune, but made memorable by the understated and lyrical performance - listen for the breath control and subtle phrasing. 

The song Born Free is about lions, from a movie of the same name; but the phrase also applies to the human soul: whether we humans like it, or (apparently mostly) not. 


David Earle said...

Looks like the video was taken down. Here is an alternative link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAPmFxV5ji0

Bruce Charlton said...

@David - The video works fine here, but no harm in having an alternative link!

a_probst said...

Oh, yes, that song takes me back. But then The Imp of Free Association wakes up.

An American humor magazine did a series of song parodies on obsessions--

I just love to touch you.
When I double-clutch you,
MG, it gives me a thrill.

I've forgotten most of it, but on the "roaring tide" line the car freak looks under the hood/bonnet and:

The sight of each piston rod
Makes me feel closer to God--

I wash you and wax you.
If some Chevy smacks you,
I'll die, MG.

What did you think of the later Travers & McKenna collaboration, Ring of Bright Water?

Bruce Charlton said...

@ap - I haven't seen either of the movies.