Monday, January 3, 2011

Lost Gem: "Muddy Water" - Free (1973)


"The first time you deceive her...you've broken her spell."
~ Free ~


In 1973, English rock band...Free...released their last album..."Heartbreaker"...before disbanding.

Paul Kossoff - guitar...Simon Kirke - drums...John "Rabbit" Bundrick - keyboards...and, of course, "The Voice"...lead vocalist - Paul Rodgers.

Free was a solid force that played punched up bluesy rock. Not always crackin' homers...but when the group connected...it was solid.

"All Right Now" was Free's biggest song...making #1 almost everywhere. And one of Classic Rock's most requested songs.

The same year Free broke up (1973)...Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke went on to form Bad Company. So it's no wonder listener's can hear earlier glimpses of "BC" from Free's last offering.

Lost Gem:--> "Muddy Water"...Rodgers gives each word their due and it's vocal candy.  Does he mean what he sings? You tell me.  And wouldn't this fit nicely on any Bad Company album?

Have you heard this gem?


I was born on the muddy water
I didn't know right from wrong
My mom said now look here son
I'll show you how it's done
Take you a woman and treat her right
She'll be by your side every night and day
The first time you deceive her
You've broken her spell
Then I had bad blood
Like a fool I fell where I stood
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.

But I'd rather sleep that say a word
I don't believe a word is heard
The first time I deceived you
I held it inside
Take you a woman and treat her right
She'll be by your side every night and day
The first time you deceive her
You've broken her spell
I held it inside
Like a fool I smiled on my pride
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.
I was walking in the rain.


Good stuff!

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