===================
"I'm So Free"
===================
album _Transformer_
(Lou Reed, 1972)

written by Lou Reed
===================


        Yes, I am mother nature's son
        and I'm the only one
        I do what I want and I want what I see
        huh, could only happen to me

        I'm so free
        I'm so free

        Oh please, Saint Germaine
        I have come this way
        Do you remember the shape I was in
        I had horns and fins

        I'm so free
        I'm so free

        Do you remember the silver walks
        you used to shiver and I used to talk
        Then we went down to Times Square
        and ever since I've been hangin' round there

        I'm so free
        I'm so free

        Yes, I am mother nature's son
        and I'm the only one
        I do what I want and I want what I see
        could only happen to me

        I'm so free
        I'm so free

        Oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        Oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        early in the morning, I'm so free
        Late in the evening, I'm so free
        yeah-yeah-yeah, I'm so free
        When I feel good, I'm so free
        when it's in the morning, I'm so free
        When it's in the evening, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        feel so good now, I'm so free
        Oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        yeah-yeah-yeah, I'm so free
        Oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        feel so good now, I'm so free
        Feel little nice, I'm so free
        feel little down now, I'm so free
        You're so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        ....



* all the strings downtuned a whole-tone

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



intro   {A}{G}{D}{D}
        {A}{G}{D}{D}

        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (Yes, I am mother nature's son ...)
        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (I do what I want and I want what ...)

chorus  {A}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)
        {C}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)

guitar  {A}{G}{D}{D}         * see tab below
        {A}{G}{D}{D}

        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (Oh please, Saint Germaine ...)
        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (Do you remember the shape I was ...)

chorus  {A}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)
        {C}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)

        {D}{D}{G}{G/D}       (Do you remember the silver walks ...)
        {D}{D}{G}{G/D}       (Then we went down to Times Square ...)

chorus  {A}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)
        {C}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)

        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (Yes, I am mother nature's son ...)
        {D}{A/G}{C/G}{G/D}   (I do what I want and I want what ...)

chorus  {A}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free)
        {C}{G}{D}{D}         (I'm so free, Oh-oh-)

coda    {G}{D}{G}{D}         (- oh, I'm so free, oh-oh-oh ...)
        {G}{D}{G}{D}         (- oh, I'm so free, early in ...)
        {G}{D}{G}{D}         (- evening , I'm so free, yeah ...)
        {G}{D}{G}{D}         (- good, I'm so free, when it's ...)
        ... repeat and fade out




* guitar: (all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)
note: played by 2 guitars, Mick Ronson played using wah-pedal

      {A}                          {G}
*1d ----------------------------------------------------------
*2A --15b17-17--r15..--14h15p14v---13b15----r13v--12h13p12v---
*3F ----------------------------------------------------------
*4C -(12b14-14---12..--11h12p11v---10b12-12--10..--9h10p-9v)--
*5G ----------------------------------------------------------
*6D ----------------------------------------------------------

  {D}                     {D}
-----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------
--12b14v---12b14v------------------------------------
--(7v-------7v)--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------

 {A}                          {G}
--------------------------------------------------------
--12b13-13-r12..--10h12p10v---10b12-12-r10..--8h10p8v---
--------------------------------------------------------
-(-9b10-10---9..---7h-9p-7v----7b-9--9---7..--5h-7p5v)--
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

  {D}                     {D}
-----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------
--12b14v---12b14v------------------------------------
--(7v-------7v)--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------



*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics




---------------------------------------------------------------------



* chords for standard-tuning



intro   {G}{F}{C}{C}
        {G}{F}{C}{C}

        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (Yes, I am mother nature's son ...)
        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (I do what I want and I want what ...)

chorus  {G}{F}{C}{C}          (I'm so free)
        {A#}{F}{C}{C}         (I'm so free)

guitar  {G}{F}{C}{C}
        {G}{F}{C}{C}

        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (Oh please, Saint Germaine ...)
        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (Do you remember the shape I was ...)

chorus  {G}{F}{C}{C}          (I'm so free)
        {A#}{F}{C}{C}         (I'm so free)


        {C}{C}{F}{F/C}        (Do you remember the silver walks ...)
        {C}{C}{F}{F/C}        (Then we went down to Times ...)

chorus  {G}{F}{C}{C}          (I'm so free)
        {A#}{F}{C}{C}         (I'm so free)

        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (Yes, I am mother nature's son ...)
        {C}{G/F}{A#/F}{F/C}   (I do what I want and I want what ...)

chorus  {G}{F}{C}{C}          (I'm so free)
        {A#}{F}{C}{C}         (I'm so free, Oh-oh-)

coda    {F}{C}{F}{C}          (- oh, I'm so free, oh-oh-oh ...)
        {F}{C}{F}{C}          (- oh, I'm so free, early in ...)
        {F}{C}{F}{C}          (-evening , I'm so free, yeah ...)
        {F}{C}{F}{C}          (- good, I'm so free, when it's ...)
        ... repeat and fade out







==========================================
"I'm So Free"
==========================================
album _American Poet_
(Lou Reed, 2001)

Dec 26, 1972
Ultrasonic Recording Studio, Hempstead, NY
==========================================


        Yes, I am mother nature's son
        and I'm the only one
        I do what I want and I want what I see
        could only happen to me

        I'm so free
        don't you know now baby
        I'm so free
        alright now

        (scat)

        Oh please, Saint Germaine
        I have come this way
        Now do you remember the shape I was in
        I had horns and fins

        I'm so free
        don't you know now baby
        I'm so free

        Oh please, silver walks
        we used to shiver and we used to talk
        Then we went down to Times Square
        and ever since I've been hangin' round there

        I'm so free
        don't you know now baby
        I'm so free

        Yes, I am mother nature's son
        and I'm the only one
        I do what I want and I want what I see
        could only happen to me

        I'm so free
        don't you know now baby
        I'm so free

        Oh-oh-oh, I'm so free
        oh, early in the morning, I'm so free
        Early in the evening, I'm so free
        ............., I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        feel so good, I'm so free
        Hey now baby, I'm so free
        early in the morning, I'm so free
        Get it in the evening baby, I'm so free
        get it in the evening baby, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        I'm so free, I'm so free
        alright now



* chords: same as _Transformer_ version without ending
They played using down-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)



coda    ....
        {G}{D}{G}{D}
        {G}{D}{G}{D}
        {G}{D}{G}{D}
        {G}{D}{G}{D}

ending  {A}{G}{D}{D}
        {C}{G}{D}{D/D7...




*********************************************************************
transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
*********************************************************************