The song "Freedom" was performed by Richie Havens, as part of his set at Woodstock on Friday, August 15, 1969. This song is also listed as "Freedom (Motherless Child)" on some releases.
Havens improvised the song onstage when he ran out of material to play. It is a version of the old Negro spiritual "Motherless Child" to which Havens added the repeated refrain "Freedom" between the verses.
The song is found on the following commercial releases of the Woodstock concert
- 1970: Woodstock I (Time: 5:26)
- 1994: Woodstock - Three Days of Peace and Music (Time: 6:23)
- 1994: Best of Woodstock (Time: 5:26)
- 2009: Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm (Time: 5:11)