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  • Intellectual Freedom - Elton John Philadelphia Freedom (Parody)

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    Intellectual Freedom is the cornerstone of library services and is a first amendment right for all Americans. Free access to ideas, information, resources, and the opportunity to understand all sides is a value that libraries support, promote, and defend. Celebrate intellectual freedom with the Salt Lake County Library all year round. This is a tune that you’ll find yourself singing for days, and weeks, and years to come. Intellectual Freedom, we love you!




    Visit: http://slcolibrary.org or your local library to share your love of Intellectual Freedom




    Producer & Arrangement: Matt Cropper
    Lyrics: Wanda Huffaker (original lyrics by Elton John, Philadelphia Freedom)
    Elton John: David Woodruff
    Intellectual Freedom Advocates: All of the Salt Lake County Library and, featured in this video, Librarians Wanda Huffaker and Vern Waters, Library Promoter Liz Sollis, and Library Fans Joshua Pace and Justin Martin
    Director/Videographer: Ernest Bourne
    Footage provided by and used with permission from pond5.com, Library of Congress public domain, archive.org and Struth Boston

    The original song, Philidephia Freedom, was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as a favour to John's friend, tennis star Billie Jean King. King was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team.

    Full Lyrics to parody of Philidelphia Freedom by Elton John (Intellectual Freedom)
    Intellectual Freedom

    I used to use the card catalog you know
    But the cabinet was tight
    I thought I’d find the answers on my own
    I used to sit inside reading to myself
    But my love has changed
    I’ve opened up the best work that I’ve done

    Because I live and breathe this Intellectual Freedom
    From the day that I became a librarian
    Intellectual Freedom gives the power to the people – yeah
    And the people bring the peace to all the land

    Oh Intellectual Freedom, shine on US, I love you
    Shine the light, open minds of the ones who won’t see
    Shine the light, Shine the light
    Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
    oh - Intellectual Freedom, I love, yes I do

    If you choose to you can do your storytimes
    Some people live for weeding (some people live for weeding)
    Some others spend their lives in the stacks (some of us spend their lives in the stacks)
    I like living busy with the things I do (living busy)
    Since the social cause of freedom bit me
    Now I fight the fight

    Because I live and breathe this Intellectual Freedom
    From the day that I became a librarian
    Intellectual Freedom gives the power to the people – yeah
    And the people bring the peace to all the land

    Oh Intellectual Freedom, shine on US, I love you
    Shine the light, open minds of the ones who won’t see
    Shine the light, Shine the light
    Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
    Intellectual Freedom, I love, yes I do
    (Chorus) - Intellectual Freedom
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