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"I'm Free"
Single by The Who
from the album Tommy
B-side "We're Not Gonna Take It" (USA)
"Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" (UK)
Released 1969
Recorded September 19, 1968 to March 7, 1969
Genre Rock
Length 2:40
Label Polydor, Decca (USA)
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer Kit Lambert
The Who singles chronology
"Pinball Wizard"
"I'm Free"
"The Seeker"
Tommy track listing
"Sally Simpson"
"I'm Free"

"I'm Free" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by The Who on the album Tommy. Within the plot of the album I'm Free tells of Tommy's vision to spiritually enlighten others due to his sudden and immense popularity. The Pinball Wizard (earlier on the album) appears at the end of the song during the "How can we follow?" part. This song was used in the 1969-1970 concert classic set list. It is often switched with Sensation on setlists, including in the movie and in the Broadway musical.

In 1975, the song was reintegrated into The Who's setlist. The version played at these shows featured more raucous vocals and a reworked guitar riff.

It was later released as a single, reaching number 37 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1997, the Christian rock band Geoff Moore and the Distance covered this song, on the album Threads. In 2004/2006 an extraordinarily close cover version was recorded by Neal Morse with the participation of Randy George and Mike Portnoy, released 2006 on the album Cover to Cover.

The song has been used in a Nissan commercial.

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