In 1984 the musical duo Wham! released the song Freedom and it went to the top of the UK singles chart. Similarly it reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in September 1985. It’s a great song and one of my favorite ‘80’s hits, but what’s interesting about it is in 1990 George Michael released the song Freedom ’90 as a solo artist. He had to call it that so it wouldn’t be confused with the original.
The chorus to the original is,
“I don’t want your freedom
I don’t want to play around
I don’t want nobody baby
Part time love just brings me down
I don’t want your freedom
Girl, all I want is you”
While the 1990 version goes like this,
“All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me yea yea
You’ve gotta give for what you take”
They’re similar yet different, but suffice to say I guess he really liked writing about freedom. I think I can understand why.