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"Someday We'll All Be Free" is a 1973 song by Donny Hathaway from the album Extension of a Man. The song was released as the flipside to the single "Love, Love, Love." Though the song was only released as an uncharted A-side, it is considered an R&B standard, having been covered by many artists over the years.

"Someday We'll All Be Free"
Single by Donny Hathaway
from the album Extension of a Man
B-side"Love, Love, Love"
Songwriter(s)Donny Hathaway
Edward Howard

The lyric was written by Edward Howard, for and about the mental pain that Hathaway, who was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic when the song was written, was experiencing at the time. Edward Howard said:

"What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him."

Years later, the song began to be interpreted as being written about black rights, primarily due to Spike Lee featuring Aretha Franklin's 1992 version at the end of his biographical film Malcolm X. However, as Howard said:

"A lot of black people have taken the song for some sort of anthem. That's fine. I didn't write it for that, though. It doesn't have that significance for me. I take it with a grain of salt. I'm glad it has some significance."

Donny Hathaway himself particularly loved the song and as Eulalah Hathaway stated:

"He loved that song. Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It's pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out."

Although the song did not chart, the B-side of the single, "Love, Love Love," peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B charts[1]

The song was featured in the seventh-season finale of The Walking Dead, which aired on April 2, 2017.




In popular cultureEdit

Hathaway's version was featured in an episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, in the seventh-season finale "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", as the character Sasha ingests a cyanide pill.[2]


  1. ^ Charts and Awards for Exenstion of a Man on Allmusic; Retrieved 05-12-2010
  2. ^ Warner, Sam. Digital Spy Retrieved 7 June 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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