Freedom (Paul McCartney song)

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"Freedom"
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Driving Rain
B-side "From a Lover to a Friend"
Released 5 November 2001
Format CD, 7"
Recorded Quad Studios, New York (studio version)
Genre Rock
Length 3:34
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) David Kahne
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"From a Lover to a Friend"
(2001)
"Freedom"
(2001)
"Tropic Island Hum"
(2004)

"Freedom" is a song written and recorded by Sir Paul McCartney in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001. McCartney was in New York City at the time of the attacks and witnessed the event while sitting in a plane parked on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.[1]

Release[edit]

The song was released in two versions: a single, billed as a studio version (recorded in Quad Studios, New York), and a hidden track on McCartney's Driving Rain album, billed as a live version. Both versions feature Eric Clapton on lead guitar with McCartney's touring band. The live album version also featured studio overdubs from the sessions that produced the single CD version. Sir Paul McCartney wanted Americans to help their fellow citizens by buying "Freedom" and donated all proceeds to 9/11 victims. He also wrote anonymous cheques to several New York police officers to help them with medical recovery.

The song was featured at the Super Bowl XXXVI pregame show with a Statue of Liberty tapestry rising up in the background as a tribute to the victims of 9/11. McCartney performed the song frequently on his 2002 Driving USA Tour, with most of the proceeds from the Driving USA tour going to victims of 9/11. The song also appeared on the live album Back in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney. 

No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" (studio mix) 3:34
2. "From a Lover to a Friend"   3:49
3. "From a Lover to a Friend" (David Kahne remix 2) 5:27
Total length:
12:50

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 61
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[3] 61

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