A Place To Run Free

© 1988 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

Lyrics [pdf]

If there are ever computer programs that can fall in love, there will be plenty of people who will hate them--and their human lovers.

Am Dm Am Em7
  The night's cold shadow deepens on the  city's ancient walls and  ignorance is rising like the  sea,
Am Dm
They're  hunting down the last free souls before the  dark age falls
Am Em F C G
And  there's noplace left on Earth for them to  be.  

Am Dm
  A child is running down the street, with  fear she looks behind;
Am G C
Her  jeering classmates follow, in a  mob without a  mind;
F G F C
But she's  found the door that  takes her to a  place they'll never  see,
F C G C G
She's gone  looking for a  place to run  free.  
C G C F(D\up3) C\addG F C
  To  run  free--like the  moonlight on the  sea; no place on Earth to  be;
F C G C G
She's  looking for a  place to run  free. 
A program slips from node to node while demons stalk the net;
The network snoops are tracing through, but they've not caught it yet;
But it's found a place to transfer where no gateway used to be
And gone looking for a place to run free.
To run free--like the starlight on the sea; no place on Earth to be;
It's looking for a place to run free.
A hacker's peering at his screen, electrons tell their tale:
A child's face, a program's trace, a starship's silver sail.
And when the mob breaks down his door there's noone there to see;
He's gone looking for a place to run free.
To run free--like the sunlight on the sea; no place on Earth to be;
He's looking for a place to run free.
C F C
  Beyond the Night's dark shadow,  above the old Earth's  walls,
F C G
Space  stretches like a  sunlit shoreless  sea;
C F C
And the  whirling planets beckon, and the  distant starlight  calls;
F C G
And it's  there we'll build our  own place to run  free.
To run free--like the wind above the sea; it's the place for you and me;
It's there we'll build our place to run free--
F G C
It's  there we'll build our  place to run  free.