Freedom Looks Good On You

Where are these tears coming from?

While driving to Cape May last Saturday afternoon I listened to a song called Freedom Looks Good On You, by Maverick City Music. It’s a gospel song I’ve listened to many times before, but this time it was different. As I looked down the long stretch of the Garden State Parkway all of a sudden I could feel warm tears of joy and happiness flowing down the cheeks of my face. The strength and power of the song, the sound of victory and jubilation in the words got me. 

Gone are the chains that were holding me

Gone is the person I used to be

Freed from the fear by Your perfect love

This is my exodus

This is my exodus

The chorus makes me reflect more deeply on the overwhelming feeling of Freedom people must experience once they reach a true place of liberty away from the grips of oppression.   In my head I could hear them singing 

Gone are the chains that were holding me

Gone is the person I used to be

Freed from the fear by Your perfect love

This is my exodus

This is my exodus

Then on the other side of freedom, maybe upon reaching Pennsylvania or Ohio maybe crossing into Canada, or Mexico their joyous words became 

This freedom looks good on (Come on)

Freedom looks good on you (Let me hear you say, oh)

This freedom looks good on, freedom looks good on you (Try it on)

Early on I felt this Walk to Freedom journey was going to be very spiritual, different from the others. The ancestors were already reaching out to me and I haven’t even arrived. The last time I recall feeling spiritual energies like this was before I arrived in Selma, Alabama and later crossing over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, scene of the Bloody Sunday.

What do the ancestors have planned for me on this journey? What conversations will take place, who will I meet along the way, what stories will change me? 

Listen to the whole song and tell me what you think.

Freedom Looks Good on You, Songwriters: Israel Houghton / Pat Barrett / Brandon Lake / Ryan Ofei