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Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 2:42 PM


Hi you guys,
I'm teaching a cycling class on July 3 and I want to use rockin' lyrics using the theme of "Freedom" in honor of Independence Day. I need your recommendations for songs that contain the word free, freedom, or other inspirational words. The songs should be upbeat since, if you've ever been in a cycling class, you know that the whole class is done on stationary bicycles. The goal is to be entertaining enough that the class stays there for the whole hour! Thanks for your help!

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 3:47 PM

"Coming to America" is perfect because it has a strong beat, upbeat sound and inspiring message.

Anything that contains the words "freedom", or "liberty" or references to baseball, apple pie or the names of the 13 original colonies are fair game.

Country music lovers, help me out here! I'm a rocker, but I know there are lots of patriotic country songs out there. Thanks!

Banomet  (Level: 179.4 - Posts: 266)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 4:33 PM

"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John
"People Got To Be Free" by the Rascals

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 4:45 PM

The Who's "I'm Free". Classic.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 5:57 PM

Have a look here!


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 6:02 PM

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" would be great

"Star Spangled Banner" (the Hendrix version, for the cool down )

"Living in America" by James Brown

"Kids in America" by Kim Wilde (awesome 80s)

"American Girl" by Tom Petty

"Surfin USA" by the Beach Boys

"US Blues" by the Grateful Dead

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 8:01 PM

Sweet! You guys came up with some awesome ideas!


Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 8:35 PM

Koota: I think God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood may be a good one. Just a suggestion...Marilyn...

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 8:39 PM

Koota: I think God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood may be a good one. You might up the beat a little if it wasn't fast enough. It goes I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. etc. Just a suggestion..It was played a lot after 9/ll. Marilyn....

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 5649)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 8:53 PM

How about "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen..
Long Haired Country Boy by CDB? A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Jr? Yankee Doodle Dandy by James CAgney? If I Had A Hammer by Trini Lopez? America by Neil Diamond? If I think of some more I'll give you a shout back ok?

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 11:01 PM

r-o-c-k in the usa

Mindmonkey  (Level: 279.1 - Posts: 295)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 11:03 PM

Boy, Vickie's on a roll! This is right up her alley.

For a little bit of an alternative, perhaps Pete Seeger or Woodie Guthrie might be nice, too.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 1st Jul '06 11:54 PM

Freedom, by Richie Havens
Me and Bobby McGee, by Janis
I'm Free, by The Who
and of course Free Bird!

Can't wait for the quiz on these.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 2nd Jul '06 4:35 PM

I've been looking for an excuse to use "Freebird"! It's 9 MINUTES long!

The quiz idea is good too. I can double-dip with the same research!

Surreyman  (Level: 272.3 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 3rd Jul '06 3:00 AM

Land of Hope & Glory?

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Mon, 3rd Jul '06 1:29 PM

Great stuff, you guys!!! I'm putting together the music now.

A special thanks to the Aussie and UK contributions!

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