None of Us Are Free

"None of Us Are Free" is a rhythm and blues song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell.

It was first recorded by Ray Charles on his 1993 album My World, but received relatively little attention at that time.[1] A version was also included by Lynyrd Skynyrd on their 1997 album Twenty.[2]

In 2002, a version was recorded by soul singer Solomon Burke on his album Don't Give Up On Me.[3] The track featured The Blind Boys of Alabama on backing vocals, and the album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, bringing Burke back into the public eye. The song was released as a single in the UK, and "None of Us Are Free" became a feature of Burke's later performances. His version of the track was notably featured at the end of the sixth episode of the second season of House. It is also used at the end of episode three season seven of Cold Case and at the end of the ninth episode in the first series of Snowfall

In 2016, The Commissionaires released the song as their debut single from their album Shelter Me. It was chosen as CBC Radio's Song Of The Week in Toronto, December 5, 2016.


  1. "None of Us Are Free", Retrieved 1 September 2014
  2. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Twenty - Lynyrd Skynyrd | AllMusic". Retrieved 14 August 2011.

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