Rich man, poor man, we all gotta pay
Cause freedom ain't free, especially 'round my way
We’ve all seen the bumper stickers:
“Freedom isn’t free” is supposed to symbolize support for the military, they’re fighting for our freedom, and therefore isn’t free. Lupe, we know, is definitely not supporting the military. He means a couple of other things:
FREEdom doesn’t mean being FREE. The government, the media portray this image of an “American Dream”, where you’re free, you have liberties, etc. But Lupe understands that’s not how it really works. Nobody’s free, but we’re brainwashed into thinking otherwise.
We literally have to PAY for this “freedom” with money, whether rich or poor, you pay for it in many different forms. For the poor this is usually taxes or labor, but for the rich that don’t have to work much, they could have to pay when karma catches up with them.
Lastly, the cover art for the song is an American flag decked out as a bar code. Bar codes=Paying=Freedom not being free, ya dig?
Tangentially one could posit he maybe meant that poor people pay in money and rich people pay in other ways e.g. karma
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