This article is part of the article series "Musical Geek Friday."
<- previous article next article ->
richard stallman - gnu free software foundation - the free software song

This week on Musical Geek Friday - The Free Software Song!

The song is written and performed by the founder of Free Software Foundation and the most active free software advocate Richard Stallman (scroll down for a video of Mr. Stallman performing it himself).

Richard wrote this song at a filksinging session at a science fiction convention. He realized he had never written a filksong relating to free software, so he figured it was time he did. He remembered that he had never written a filksong using Bulgarian dance music, so he figured that would be a good thing to do for once. He chose Sadi Moma because it is not too fast or complicated, and is easy to sing.

Here it is - The Free Software Song!

[audio:http://www.catonmat.net/download/richard_stallman-free_software_song.mp3]

Download this song: the free software song.mp3 (musical geek friday #9)
Downloaded: 13932 times

Download lyrics: the free software song lyrics (musical geek friday #9)
Downloaded: 1774 times

Here is the lyrics of The Free Software Song:

Join us now and share the software;
You'll be free, hackers, you'll be free.
Join us now and share the software;
You'll be free, hackers, you'll be free.

Hoarders may get piles of money,
That is true, hackers, that is true.
But they cannot help their neighbors;
That's not good, hackers, that's not good.

When we have enough free software
At our call, hackers, at our call,
We'll throw out those dirty licenses
Ever more, hackers, ever more.

Join us now and share the software;
You'll be free, hackers, you'll be free.
Join us now and share the software;
You'll be free, hackers, you'll be free.

Here is Richard Stallman himself performing The Free Software Song:

The audio quality of this video is poor. Here is a much better version by a band with a hilarious title "The GNU/Stallmans":

Download "The Free Software Song"

Download this song: the free software song.mp3 (musical geek friday #9)
Downloaded: 13932 times

Download lyrics: the free software song lyrics (musical geek friday #9)
Downloaded: 1774 times

Click to listen:
[audio:http://www.catonmat.net/download/richard_stallman-free_software_song.mp3]

Have fun and until next geeky Friday! :)

This article is part of the article series "Musical Geek Friday."
<- previous article next article ->

Comments

June 29, 2008, 11:44

=^_^=

patcheeeees for everyone!

Daemonax Permalink
January 15, 2009, 09:48

How about the ogg file, come on.

January 10, 2010, 09:20

There really should be an ogg version, seeing as how it's a song about free software.

October 18, 2013, 21:36

Yazılım müzikleri konusunda yardımcı bir yazı.

Leave a new comment

(why do I need your e-mail?)

(Your twitter name, if you have one. (I'm @pkrumins, btw.))

Type the word "sandbox": (just to make sure you're a human)

Please preview the comment before submitting to make sure it's OK.

Advertisements