Freedom
©1986 Anita Cleaver

Freedom! I sing my name.
America’s called the land of the brave and the free.
Liberté! I sing my name.
France’s motto is Liberty, Brotherhood, Equality.

And I know that everywhere
One word is a link that unites the heart of humanity
I wonder, in oppression,
What can be sung when we cannot sing liberty?

Oh, freedom, freedom, sing my name!
For people all over this world, people of every kind.
Being human gives us the right to be free,
But there is no freedom where there is not equality.

Freedom! One little word,
But with a meaning so big it can touch all humanity.
In my heart, the truth is there:
If one person lives life in chains, then no one’s truly free.

Sing a song to lift your heart
And carry hope for the future as far as you can see.
Spread the word of freedom’s reach.
Somehow, someday, a world of true freedom this will be.

Oh, freedom, freedom, sing my name!
For people all over this world, people of every kind.
Being human gives us the right to be free,
But there is no freedom where there is not equality.

Freedom, freedom, sing my name!
For people all over this world, people of every kind.
Being human gives us the right to be free,
But there is no freedom where there is not equality.

No matter where they live, what they look like or what their beliefs are, all human beings share the same basic needs and deserve the same human rights. Currently, in Iran, the needs of many of the people are being met with domination and injustice, and these people are crying out for freedom, equality, and justice. I would like to record my song professionally someday, and I hope that it can offer hope for those living under oppression as well as for those committed to helping bring freedom and equality to every corner of the globe.
Anita Cleaver