Curtis Mayfield was a gifted and talented American soul, R&B, funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. Through his songwriting skills he had the ability to use his lyrics to paint a clear picture of the social injustices of that time. Once the music was composed and both merged together, the songs would deeply capture the heart and soul of the listener.
“Freddie’s Dead” is a song by Curtis Mayfield. It was the first single from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film Super Fly. The single was released before the Super Fly album, and before the film was in theaters. The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 82 song for 1972.
The song laments the death of Fat Freddie, a character in the film who is run over by a car.
Like most of the music from the Super Fly album, “Freddie’s Dead” appears in the film only in an instrumental arrangement, without any lyrics. The song’s music is featured prominently in the film’s opening sequence and also recurs at several other points. Because of this usage the song was subtitled “Theme from Superfly“ on its single release (but not on the album). It is not to be confused with “Superfly“, a different song and the second single released from the Super Fly album. The arrangement is driven by a strong bass line, wah wah guitars, and a melancholy string orchestration.
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Rhythm & Blues Song but lost to “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“. “Freddie’s Dead” was ruled ineligible for the Academy Award for Best Original Song because its lyrics are not sung in the film Super Fly.
Song Lyrics –
Hey, hey Love, love Yeah, yeah Ah, ha Freddie's dead That's what I said Let the rap a plan Said he'd see him home But his hope was a rope And he should've known It's hard to understand That there's love in this man I'm sure all would agree That his misery was his Woman and things Now Freddie's dead That's what I said Everybody's misused him Ripped him up and abused him Another junkie plan Pushing dope for the man A terrible blow But that's how it goes A Freddie's on the corner now If you want to be a junkie, wow Remember Freddie's dead We're all built up with progress But sometimes I must confess We can deal with rockets and dreams But reality, what does it mean Ain't nothing said Cause Freddie's dead Hey, hey Love, love Hey, hey Yeah, yeah Ha, ha Love, love Yeah, yeah Ha, ha Yeah, yeah Freddie's dead All I want is some peace of mind With a little love I'm trying to find This could be such a beautiful world With a wonderful girl Why I need a woman child Don't want to be like Freddie now Cause Freddie's dead Hey, hey Yeah, yeah If you don't try You're going to die Why can't we brothers Protect one another No one's serious And it makes me furious Don't be misled Just think of Fred Everybody's misused him Ripped him up and abused him Another junkie plan Pushing dope for the man A Freddie's on the corner now If you want to be a junkie, why Remember Freddie's dead Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha Freddie's dead Hey, hey Ha, ha Love, love Ha, ha Written by: Curtis Mayfield Source: Wikipedia, YouTube, Lyrics.com & Yahoo.com/images