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The Bodeans have been around a while. Since the mid-80s. In 1993 they came out with a record whose first track was the song, Closer To Free. Ironically, that song became the group’s biggest hit even though it was part of an album the group decided to make for themselves. Tired of chasing hits, they figured they’d focus on the music they loved most. The result was that T Bone Burnett produced the album, Go Down Slow. I’m the guy who has every BoDeans record.
I listen to them regularly and some time back I started thinking about this particular song, Closer To Free.
Everybody wants to live how they wanna live and
Everybody wants to love how they wanna love and
Everybody wants to be closer to freeAnd yeah yeah yeahEverybody wants respect
Just a little bit
And everybody needs a chance once in a while
Everybody wants to be closer to freeAnd yeah yeah yeahEverybody one everybody two everybody free
Everybody needs to touch ya know now and then and
Everybody wants a good good friend
Everybody wants to be closer to freeAlrightI said everybody one everybody two everybody free!
Everybody wants to live like they wanna live
And everybody wants to love like they wanna love
And everybody wants to be closer to freeYeah closer to free
Yeah closer to free
Closer to free
And yeah and yeah yeah
For years I’ve listened to this song, but a few years ago when project Craving Encouragement bubbled to the surface, I made note of the one line in particular – everybody wants a good good friend. Begging the question, “What is a good good friend?”
What do you think?