Produced by Nick Tabuer

I Want to Be Free is the seventh UK single by the band Toyah, fronted by Toyah Willcox, and was released on 7 May 1981.

Backed by an appearance on Top of the Pops, and bolstered by the performance of the previous single, I Want to Be Free entered the UK Top Ten with a peak at #8, and helped push the album Anthem into the UK Albums Chart, where it reached number two. The single also found Top 40 success in Australia and New Zealand.

The two B-sides on this single were eventually included on the 1999 reissue of Anthem, and they were also featured on the 2005 compilation The Safari Singles Collection Part 2: 1981-1983.

“It was resonated with how I felt about my school years which was very strong even if I was only 22″, Toyah said in a 2003 interview, speaking of the song’s lyrics.

UK 7” Singles feature either black or white border on picture sleeve and blue & white or pink & white Vinyl label.

08 - 1981 - SAFE34 - I Want To Be Free (White 7'' Front) 08 - 1981 - SAFE34 - I Want To Be Free (Black 7'' Reverse)