The song finds Kimberly Perry singing of escaping a possessive lover and she repeatedly exclaims, "I'm a free bird." Though the song conjures images of Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic rock tune
, the vocalist told American Songwriter
it wasn't an intentional nod to the southern band. She explained that the trio like "free bird" imagery, which can be seen in the gold necklace she wears on stage and on the album cover. "My signature piece of jewelry is this big free bird," she said.