Storytelling is one of the best ways to give a song significance. It’s like this weird mental thing where the narrative adds to the music. There have been plenty of moments in my life where I listened to a song, maybe I enjoyed it, maybe I didn’t, but the experience wasn’t really all that deep. But then once you look up the lyrics and discover the true meaning behind the song, it opens up a whole other way of looking at it.
“Freedom Bailey” by Lady Sloth is a very good example of this.
It is the final track on her debut EP Forest Behind the Fog. The project as a whole seems to be very reflective of the idea of conquering obstacles on the journey to find happiness.
I’m not quite sure what “Freedom Bailey” is about. To me it just sounds like a drug trip. It starts out completely normal: coffee, shower, messy house. You know how it goes. All of a sudden, the room is spinning and she’s in too deep. Do you see where I’m going with this? It seems that the narrator is way too “in their head.” Perhaps the trip is too intense, and they want it to just stop. She wants freedom. She’s being taken on a journey that she has no control over, and she wants it to end.
Another really interesting part is that, despite the “drug trip” feel, there aren’t really many psychedelic aspects to this song. It’s a very straightforward, but exciting pop groove.
It isn’t until you sit down and actually look at the lyrics are you start to get a feel for what the song is all about. It would have been interesting to see this song move in more of a psychedelic direction, but I can still appreciate it for what it is.
Towards the end of the song, it seems as if the narrator has a new appreciation for life. She likes having control over her thoughts and her actions. Sobriety seems like such a gift at this point but since she’d never been without it, she was never able to truly appreciate it.
Lady Sloth’s “Freedom Bailey” has an interesting story to tell. On top of that, it’s a very accessible catchy indie pop track that will put you in an uplifting mood.