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Free to Be...You and Me


Download links and information about Free to Be...You and Me by Marlo Thomas. This album was released in 1972 and it belongs to Pop, Kids genres. It contains 19 tracks with total duration of 46:24 minutes.

Artist: Marlo Thomas
Release date: 1972
Genre: Pop, Kids
Tracks: 19
Duration: 46:24
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No. Title Length
1. Free to Be...You and Me (featuring The New Seekers) 3:14
2. Boy Meets Girl (featuring Mel Brooks) 2:27
3. When We Grow Up (featuring Diana Ross) 2:08
4. Don't Dress Your Cat In an Apron (featuring Billy De Wolfe) 0:33
5. Parents Are People (featuring Harry Belafonte) 3:08
6. Housework (featuring Carol Channing) 2:57
7. Helping (featuring Shel Silverstein, Stephen Lawrence) 0:49
8. Ladies First (featuring Shel Silverstein, Mary Rodgers) 3:33
9. Dudley Pippin and the Principal (featuring Bob Morse, Billy De Wolfe) 2:07
10. It's Alright to Cry (featuring Rosy Grier) 2:23
11. Sisters and Brothers (featuring Sisters, Brothers) 2:34
12. My Dog Is a Plumber (featuring Dick Cavett) 0:32
13. William's Doll (featuring Alan Alda) 3:15
14. Atalanta (featuring Alan Alda) 7:13
15. Grandma (featuring Diana Sands) 2:35
16. Girl Land (featuring Shirley Jones, Jack Cassidy) 2:41
17. Dudley Pippin and His No-Friend (featuring Bob Morse) 1:26
18. Glad to Have a Friend Like You 2:17
19. Free to Be...You and Me (Outro) (featuring The New Seekers) 0:32



Free to Be...You and Me, which was originally released in 1972, continues its domination of the children- (or in this case, grandchildren-) of-hippies market with its latest reissue on Arista and Legacy Recordings under the Family Artist Series. With songs and poems that emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself, respecting others, tolerance, and dispelling societally constructed stereotypes, Marlo Thomas and friends (including Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, and Mel Brooks) offer a kind and fun way to deal with these issues. From the self-explanatory title song to ex-NFL lineman Rosey Grier's slightly funky (complete with a wah wah guitar solo) "It's All Right to Cry," about the benefits and normalcy of expressing emotions, from "Parents Are People" to the skit "Boy Meets Girl," about the inaccuracy of assigned gender roles, each track on the album aids in continuing this message of understanding. Being that Thomas herself was an active feminist, and the original proceeds went towards the Ms. Foundation For Women (and both Ms. Magazine's Children's Feature Editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Editor-In-Chief Gloria Steinem contributed to the liner notes), it's unsurprising that so much of the record focuses on gender-based stereotypes, but Thomas and the songwriters are careful to approach the issue from the female and male perspectives, showing that both are equally affected. They also make learning about these problems enjoyable, incorporating animals, quirky rhymes, catchy songs, and images of children playing, so that the album doesn't come across as heavy handed or preachy. Rather, it's the effort of a group of people who were concerned about the societal pressures their children (and nieces, as in Thomas' case) were facing and wanted to do something about it. And what they created, Free to Be...You and Me, in its more than 30-year lifespan, has proven itself as a useful tool in that cause.