“Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” due out July 2, comes after the singer surprised Bostonians with a performance at a Red Sox game in the week following the bombings. He performed Fenway favorite “Sweet Caroline” for fans and subsequently donated all royalties from its surge in sales to the One Find Boston.
“I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston,” Diamond told Billboard. “And that’s really all a songwriter needs, is to be inspired. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did.”
Diamond will perform the patriotic song for the first time on July 4th, first at the Nationals-Brewers game in Washington D.C. and again in his special appearance at the PBS-broadcast “A Capitol Fourth.” The Independence Day celebration is beamed live from the U.S. Capitol and can also be heard over NPR affiliate radio stations.
Diamond told Billboardthat he felt compelled to pen the track after his visit to Boston, wanting to lift the city up in the wake of tragedy.
“I didn’t know exactly what would happen with this song, but I did know I had to write it,” Diamond said. “So I set out on that creative journey of writing something that would lift people up, lift their spirits in the way that mine was lifted when I flew to Boston to sing at the Red Sox game.”
“Freedom Song” will be available July 2 on iTunes and Amazon, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, and One Fund Boston, which has already raised over $58 million for bombing victims.
—Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com