I Wanna Be Free (The Monkees)

11 OCTOBER 1966


The Monkees released their self-titled debut album during this week in 1966. Backed the popularity of their TV show and songs such as 'Last Train to Clarksville' and '(Theme From) The Monkees', it topped the album charts in the US and the UK.

The rather wistful album track ‘I Wanna Be Free’ was written by the songwriting duo of Boyce and Hart long before the Monkees existed. It released as a single in some countries, such as Japan and Singapore, and it reached #17 in Australia. The song - about a man rejecting the love of a woman so he can remain free to see other women - was a thematic precursor to Mike Nesmith's 'Different Drum', and almost as pretty. According to Tommy Boyce, this song inspired Jimmy Webb's 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix',
Another song from this album, 'I'll Be True to You', had previously released as a single in the US with the title 'Yes I Will' by The Hollies in 1965.

B-side: 'You Just May Be the One'
Released: May 1967
Highest chart position: #17 (Australia, 1967)
Length: 2:27 
Label: RCA (Australia); Arista (Japan) 
Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, B side/ Douglas Farthing-Hatlelid

I Wanna Be Free (The Monkees)

'I wanna be free
Like the bluebirds flying by me
Like the waves out on the blue sea
If your love has to tie me, don't try me
Say good-bye

I wanna be free
Don't say you love me say you like me
But when I need you beside me
Stay close enough to guide me, confide in me
Oh-oh-oh

I wanna hold your hand
Walk along the sand
Laughing in the sun
Always having fun
Doing all those things
Without any strings
To tie me down

I wanna be free,
Like the warm September wind, babe
Say you'll always be my friend, babe
We can make it to the end, babe
Again, babe, I gotta say:
I wanna be free
I wanna be free
I wanna be free'