“You’ve Got The Freedom” Original Ukulele Song

Freedom of Speech is relative to your threat level in the eyes of the powers-that-be. And that’s what this song speaks to. I wrote it in 1984. And since I am still around to sing it and post this on YouTube would seem to indicate I am no threat at all.

Includes onscreen lyrics.

Written in 1984. Created and recorded this ukulele version in 2017.
Words & Music Copyright © 1984 by Burnell Yow!
Video Copyright © 2017 by Burnell Yow!

You’ve Got The Freedom
(words & music by Burnell Yow! Played in key of C on video)

The [G]rich get richer and the hungry they starve
That’s one of the rules to the [D7]game
Well, you’ve got the freedom to question their methods
As long as they can keep on the [G]same
But if what you’re saying starts to affect
The power and the [G7]money they [C]own,
Then your Bill of Rights goes [G]right out the window
And [D7]you’re left standing a[G]lone

CHO:
And it’s the [C]FBI and the [G]CIA
[D7]There to protect the status quo, [G]wo, wo.
It’s the [C]FBI and the [G]CIA
[D7]They’ll tell you where to [G]go.

I [G]know you thought freedom was something protected,
Something that would always [D7]last,
But government of the people, by the people, for the people
Has become a thing of the [G]past.
You see, it’s big business that governs us now,
Where profits, not [G7]people, pre[C]vail.
You’ve got the freedom to [G]say what you like,
But [D7]you just might end up in [G]jail.

Repeat CHO:

[G]You’ve got the freedom to say what you like,
As long as they can do as they [D7]please.
But if what you’re saying is bad for their business,
They’ll cut you off at the [G]knees.
They’ll put you under surveillance, you’re phone they will bug,
They’ll attempt to dis[G7]credit your [C]name.
You’ve got the freedom to [G]say what you like
As [D7]long as it don’t cause them [G]pain.

Repeat CHO:

[G]There have been people who’ve had the courage
To stand up and say what was [D7]wrong.
But those determined to be a real threat
Never seem to last very [G]long.
They were killed by assassins or thrown into jail.
Or maybe they [G7]just disap[C]peared.
You’ve got the freedom to [G]say what you like,
But to[D7]morrow you might not be [G]here.

Final CHO:
And it’s the [C]FBI and the [G]NSA
[D7]There to protect the status quo, [G]wo, wo.
It’s the [C]FBI and the [G]NSA
[D7]They’ll tell you where to [G]go.
And they’ll show you.
[D7]They’ll tell you where to [G]go.

Copyright 1984 Burnell Yow!
Video © 2017 by Burnell Yow!

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