Free (Libre)

Author:
Nino Bravo
Testimony by:
Guillermo Orrego Valdebenito

This song was performed in the Stadium grandstands by a worker from the Madeco factory: Peineta Vasquez, winner of a Song Festival that was organised at grassroots level, during the times when we were allowed to leave the spaces under the grandstands, inside the stadium,  to sunbathe, together with women from various countries, before they got sent off to the pool area.


Published on: 15 January 2015


He’s almost twenty and already
tired of dreaming,
but behind the cement is his home,
his world, his city.
He thinks the fence is only
a piece of metal,
something that can never stop
his desire to fly.

Free,
like the sun at dawn,
I am as free as the sea
Like the bird that escaped from its cage
and can at last fly.
Like the wind that embraces my cry
and my grief,
an endless path
in search of the truth
and finally I shall know what freedom is.

Crowned by his love he strode off
singing a song,
He strode so happily that he heard
the voice that called him,
and lying on the ground he remained
smiling and speechless,
on his chest crimson flowers,
blossomed incessantly.

Free,
like the sun at dawn,
I am as free as the sea
Like the bird that escaped from its cage
and can at last fly.
Like the wind that embraces my cry
and my grief,
an endless path
in search of the truth
and finally I shall know what freedom is.