Freedom is the first track on Noah Blumenfeld’s EP Shine. Noah sings front-porch philosophy, backed by guitar and double bass. A chorus bursts forth with joyful voices singing of a bright new sunrise seen from a mountain peak. Freedom tells a story of liberation from a narrow place, exploring how we can each choose freedom.
It’s the story of the biblical exodus, set in the colorful desert of the American southwest: the painted desert rock and bright sunrise that seems sure to signal liberation. It asks us to think about how tightly we are truly bound. When we recognize the room we have to make our own decisions, we’re called on to choose personal liberation as much as we can, so we may share our freedom with those who are still bound.
Are we captives in heavy chains? In bitter bondage in a narrow place With burning tears, oppressive pain What would we do if we weren’t constrained? Say my name I’m free to give any answer I imagine Say my name I’m free to choose Hear a voice Do you answer with intention? Hear the call You’re free to choose Find your freedom in this narrow place Find your freedom in this narrow place Find your freedom Find your freedom Find your freedom Find your freedom Darkness holds us tight But there can be new birth after this deadly night Ahead of us is an unknown road A flame of truth will take us home There’s a path leading toward a brighter future Look ahead You’re free to choose There’s a way to a place where we can see the sun rise Choose the path toward the highest peak Claim your freedom, leave this narrow place Claim your freedom, leave this narrow place Claim your freedom Claim your freedom Claim your freedom Claim your freedom Daybreak, desert dawn Joyful voices, a morning song Reach out to the people still in chains There’s no true freedom until everyone is saved Hear the voices calling out for freedom Hear the call You’re free to choose We can build a better world We have power to shape the future Lift your voice and share your freedom songs Share your freedom, make the world a better place Share your freedom, make the world a better place Share your freedom Share your freedom Share your freedom Share your freedom Find your freedom Claim your freedom Share your freedom Find your freedom
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