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Lyric of the Week: LIBERATED

I have been liberated

Purified and consecrated

I have been liberated

I am finally free.

I have been liberated

Let the praise be sung and celebrated

I have been liberated

I am finally free.


Obsessed and repressed

Distressed and depressed

Compressed and stressed

For twenty-five years.

Lust and desire

Passion and fire

In the muck and mire

Right up to my ears.

Love and affection

A sense of connection

Couldn’t get no protection

From the things that I fear.

But no delicate dance

Nor mere luck or chance

Nor simple circumstance

Have brought me here …


I have been liberated

Let the praise be sung and celebrated

I have been liberated

I am finally free.

I have been liberated

No longer mystified or captivated

I have been liberated

And my eyes, they finally see.


I’ve just returned from a pilgrimage

With illusions stripped away and a new self-image

With renewed sense of purpose and of what I can do

With all obstructions removed from my view.

Free from the forces under which I was ruled

Free from false fantasies that had me fooled

Free from the demons of the days of my youth

Free from beliefs not based in any kind of truth.


I have been liberated

No longer mystified or captivated

I have been liberated

And my eyes, they finally see.

I have been liberated

Released, redeemed, and validated

I have been liberated

I am finally free.


I take the name

That caused me such shame

And send it up in flame

On the beach tonight

I take all the blame

The fear and the pain

Send it off by plane

On a hellbound flight.

I’ll be free to love

Any way I think of

When I look down from above

Once I’ve reached the heights

And I’ll finally see

How I was meant to be

I am finally free

And now I can be the light …


I have been liberated

Released, redeemed, and validated

I have been liberated

I am finally free.

I have been liberated

The power and glory are reinstated

I have been liberated

And nothing will ever again enslave me.


©2021 The Hesh Inc.

Liberated hands breaking chains
I have been liberated / I am finally free.

This is a song about breaking free from old demons that held me prisoner. It was written on windy evening in 2005, on Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles, directly under the flight path of planes taking off from LAX. It was the night after I returned home from a harrowing encounter with an old, old friend of mine whose rocky relationship with me constituted one of those demons. This is the exultation that I felt after the burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I post this today because I have been similarly liberated from a major source of creative blockage and obstacle to my personal growth that had been burdening me for decades. Nothing personal is intended toward any individuals — only the vestigial remains of baggage that should have been jettisoned ages ago. Musically, I had several songs in mind when I wrote it: U2's "Even Better Than the Real Thing," Nirvana's "About a Girl," and Judas Priest's "Another Thing Comin'." I had originally thought it the penultimate song in a cycle about my time in LA; it may yet be.

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