Song of the Day #2,533: ‘Freddie’s Dead (Theme from Super Fly)’ – Curtis Mayfield

curtis_mayfield_super_flyCurtis Mayfield’s soundtrack to the Blaxploitation film Super Fly was released in the summer of 1972 and became one of the rare soundtrack albums to gain greater acclaim than the film it accompanied.

Mayfield’s socially conscious lyrics put him in the same conversation as Marvin Gaye, and his funk compositions helped define the genre for a decade.

The best-selling track on the album was ‘Freddie’s Dead,’ which served as the film’s opening music, though it played as an instrumental onscreen. Because the lyrics did not appear in the film, the song was deemed ineligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Pictures. Another Oscar snub.

Hey, hey
Love, love
Yeah, yeah
Ah, ha
Freddies dead
That’s what I said
Let the man rap a plan
Said he’d sing him home
But his hope was a rope
And he should’ve known
It’s hard to understand
There was love in this man
I’m sure all would agree
That his misery was his
Woman and things
Now Freddie’s dead
That’s what I said
Everybody’s misused him
Ripped him up and abused him
Another junkie plan
Pushin’ dope for the man
A terrible blow
But that’s how it goes
A freddies on the corner now
If you wanna be a junkie, wow
Remember freddies dead
We’re all built up with progress
But sometimes I must confess
We can deal with rockets and dreams
But reality, what does it mean
Ain’t nothing said
Cause freddies dead
Hey, hey
Love, love
Hey, hey
Yeah, yeah
Ha, ha
Love, love
Yeah, yeah
Ha, ha
Yeah, yeah
Freddies dead
All I want is some peace of mind
With a little love I’m trying to find
This could be such a beautiful world
With a wonderful girl
Why I need a woman child
Don’t wanna be like freddie now
Cause freddies dead
Hey, hey
Yeah, yeah
If you don’t try
You’re gonna die
Why can’t we brothers
Protect one another
No one’s serious
And it makes me furious
Don’t be misled
Just think of Fred
Everybody’s misused him
Ripped him up and abused him
Another junkie plan
Pushin’ dope for the man
A freddies on the corner now
If you wanna be a junkie, why
Remember freddies dead
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Freddies dead
Hey, hey
Ha, ha
Love, love
Ha, ha…

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,533: ‘Freddie’s Dead (Theme from Super Fly)’ – Curtis Mayfield

  1. Dana says:

    That’s an odd reason for disqualification. Perhaps it should have been nominated for score?

    Anyway, I know the song, but never saw the movie. I suspect I’m not missing anything.

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