Free to Be...You and Me
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||Free to Be...You and Me||The New Seekers||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Boy Meets Girl||Marlo Thomas & Mel Brooks||2:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When We Grow Up||Diana Ross||2:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Dress Your Cat In an Apron||Billy De Wolfe||0:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Parents Are People||Harry Belafonte & Marlo Thomas||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Housework||Carol Channing||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Helping||Shel Silverstein, Stephen Lawrence & Tom Smothers||0:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ladies First||Marlo Thomas, Mary Rodgers & Shel Silverstein||3:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dudley Pippin and the Principal||Billy De Wolfe, Bob Morse & Marlo Thomas||2:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Alright to Cry||Rosy Grier||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sisters and Brothers||Sisters & Brothers||2:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Dog Is a Plumber||Dick Cavett||0:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||William's Doll||Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Atalanta||Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas||7:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Grandma||Diana Sands||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Girl Land||Jack Cassidy & Shirley Jones||2:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dudley Pippin and His No-Friend||Bob Morse & Marlo Thomas||1:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Glad to Have a Friend Like You||Marlo Thomas||2:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Free to Be...You and Me (Outro)||The New Seekers||0:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Free to Be...You and Me, which was originally released in 1972, continues its domination of the children- (or in this case, grandchildren-) of-hippies market with its latest reissue on Arista and Legacy Recordings under the Family Artist Series. With songs and poems that emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself, respecting others, tolerance, and dispelling societally constructed stereotypes, Marlo Thomas and friends (including Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, and Mel Brooks) offer a kind and fun way to deal with these issues. From the self-explanatory title song to ex-NFL lineman Rosey Grier's slightly funky (complete with a wah wah guitar solo) "It's All Right to Cry," about the benefits and normalcy of expressing emotions, from "Parents Are People" to the skit "Boy Meets Girl," about the inaccuracy of assigned gender roles, each track on the album aids in continuing this message of understanding. Being that Thomas herself was an active feminist, and the original proceeds went towards the Ms. Foundation For Women (and both Ms. Magazine's Children's Feature Editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Editor-In-Chief Gloria Steinem contributed to the liner notes), it's unsurprising that so much of the record focuses on gender-based stereotypes, but Thomas and the songwriters are careful to approach the issue from the female and male perspectives, showing that both are equally affected. They also make learning about these problems enjoyable, incorporating animals, quirky rhymes, catchy songs, and images of children playing, so that the album doesn't come across as heavy handed or preachy. Rather, it's the effort of a group of people who were concerned about the societal pressures their children (and nieces, as in Thomas' case) were facing and wanted to do something about it. And what they created, Free to Be...You and Me, in its more than 30-year lifespan, has proven itself as a useful tool in that cause.
Can't Believe I found It!
On a lark I searched for this quintessential album for kids...as a child of the late 70's, I can still recite almost every word. A near perfect children's album, which also contains some truly amazing songs (Its Alright to Cry), Free To Be...you and Me, still manages to amaze, even in my 30's!
A great message that still resonates
I listened to this all throughout my childhood during the early 80's. I now have a child if my own, and can't wait until she's old enough to sing the words!