Liberty

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia

Recorded by Robert Hunter in 1987 with both words and music by Hunter. It entered the Grateful Dead's repertoire in 1993, with Garcia having re-done the music.

Saw a bird with a tear in his eye
Walking to New Orleans my oh my
Hey, now, Bird, wouldn't you rather die
Than walk this world when you're born to fly?

If I was the sun, I'd look for shade
If I was a bed, I would stay unmade
If I was a river I'd run uphill
If you call me you know I will
If you call me you know I will

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Say what I mean and I don't give a damn
I do believe and I am who I am
Hey now Mama come and take my hand
Whole lotta shakin' all over this land

If I was an eagle I'd dress like a duck
Crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck
If I get a notion I'll climb this tree
or chop it down and you can't stop me
Chop it down and you can't stop me

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Went to the well but the water was dry
Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky
Looked in the bottom and what did I see?
The whole damned world looking back at me

If I was a bottle I'd spill for love
Sake of mercy I'd kill for love
If I was a liar I'd lie for love
Sake of my baby I'd die for love
Sake of my baby I'd die for love

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home
I'm gonna find my own way home

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     26 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4
     30 Mar 1994 So Many Roads (1965-1995) (note 1)
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1988 Liberty Robert Hunter
     1995 Vineyard Sound Vol 2 Mischief
     2000 Might As Well The Persuasions (note 2)
     2002 There And Back Again Phil Lesh & Friends
     2002 Buckdancer's Choice Wake The Dead
     2004 20 Degrees Of Solitude The Grass Is Dead

Notes
(1) the DVD version of View From The Vault II contains Justin Kreutzmann's video of "Liberty." This has the same audio track as "So Many Roads", though with video from three different versions.
(2) re-released in 2011 on "Persuasions of the Dead"