Chambers of Freedom

from Still Out There by Up in the Air

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Another old song that makes me think of the original band. I always loved the paradox of the title which alludes to the many paradoxes of living and how these so many opposites coexist. life/death..... dark / light.... happy /sad....etc. Is the glass half empty or half full? Ambiguity leaves the meaning open to interpretation. Lucky to have Don Jacobsen, in his first guest appearance with us, doing some fine work on the saxes.


by John Beccia

Lover girl's out there pretending
She's found a new forever love
But when it's all thru, she'll turn to the chambers of freedom

Lover boy wonders what happens
What causes these things to go wrong
He never will know, just go to the chambers of freedom

The whole world is lost in confusion
Nobody knows where it will end
We just carry on, although there's no use to pretend

The young girl don't know where she's going
She holds her thumb out toward the road
She really don't care, she shares in the chambers of freedom

The young boy is looking ahead now
And realizes nothin' is there
He'll have to be gone, on to the chambers of freedom

Oo-oo-oo-oo, Oo-oo-oo-oo,
It cannot be taught
We're caught in the chambers of freedom

(instrumental)-REPEAT INTRO twice

Billy Budd's out on the corner
Tossing a coin in the air
The answer is tails, he sails for the chambers of freedom

Lolita takes off and keeps running
In hopes that she will never return
We all pay the cost, so lost in the chambers of freedom....
chambers of freedom-(3 times) -


from Still Out There, released March 19, 2020
Suzy Newman - lead vocal
John Beccia - keys
Phil Gross - bass
Rich Daulton - drums
Victor Rocha - congas
Don Jacobsen - baritone, tenor, and alto saxes


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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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