Sprite Liquid Freedom Falling Away in Basketball Pool

Sprite’s TV ad, “Liquid Freedom”, featuring a basketball court that morphs into a swimming pool, has had viewers obsessing over the music used in the spot. The ad, launched in March 2005, was shortlisted at Cannes 2005. It continues to raise interest around the world as viewers search for a downloadable copy of the music. ‘Liquid Freedom’ tunes into the longing to be totally submerged often associated with thirst. The ad uses a sepia filter throughout, emphasizing the dryness of the basketball court.

Actors in Sprite Basketball Pool TV Ad


It’s a hot day in the city. Basketball players on an outside court drip with sweat. One player quaffs his bottle of Sprite. In the 45 second version, a player strips his shirt off and dives headfirst into the court – which turns out to be a swimming pool. In the 30 second version he runs towards a bouncing basketball, about to kick it like a soccer ball, and falls… into what turns out to be a swimming pool. One by one the players take their dives onto the court and into the water. Underwater shots show us swimming players discovering new energy. From below we see players slam dunking on the hoop above the surface. At the end a Sprite bottle is thrown onto the court/into the pool. It bobs on the surface with the text, “Freedom from Thirst”.

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

Credits

The ad was created by advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather, Hong Kong, with creative directors Simon Handford, Sylvester Song and agency producer Michael Soo.

Director Josh Taft from Gang Films worked with producer Jean Villiers and Marcus Savage, director of photography Flavio Labiano. Offline Editor was Theirry Hoss. Gang Films host a 42 mb quicktime ‘making-of’ documentary’ showing the filming in Thailand.

Post production was carried out by Kira Carstensen from HSI Productions. Editing was provided by BUF Compagnie, Paris and Los Angeles.

Slam Dunk in Sprite Basketball TV Ad

Soundtracks

There are at least two different soundtracks to the ad. Both begin with electric guitar effects that lead to the male vocalist’s lines.
1. Unclear lyrics that sound something like, “Now it’s here… woah. I’m not asleep…”
2. I’m falling away with you … I’ll see you through.

The music for the Sprite Liquid Freedom ad was created exclusively by staff at sound and music company Human Worldwide, New York. The music was not written or played by New Zealand band, Evermore, despite the attribution of a Limewire track to them. I stated earlier here that the music was performed by an unknown Australian band. People jumped to conclusions and assumed it was Evermore, even though Evermore are from New Zealand and not Australia.

Benjamin Pacheco wrote and recorded the music for the first track. Pacheco told Boards that he wrote and recorded the music at home. For more of Pacheco’s work see his band site Mus-OK and Mus-OK MySpace site. The track is now hosted at the Union Devoe MySpace site, named Counting Backwards, and can be downloaded there as an mp3 audio file.

The ‘Falling Away’ track was written by Lindsay Jehan, Hugh Wilson, Andy Bloch, and Morgan Visconti at Human Worldwide. The song was recorded at Human Worldwide’s studio by Hugh Wilson (vocals) and Lindsay Jehan (instruments), Australians living in New York at the time. Wilson is performing the full song at his live shows. Hugh Wilson has the track available to play on his MySpace site. Their band is shown here in an extended version of the Sprite ad.

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

Lyrics for Falling Away With You

I’m falling away
I’m falling away with you

We can’t always say
In the cool light of day what’s true

Time may heal your wounds
I’ll see you through

I thought we’d create
hearts in a sea of blue
We’d give and not take
I said I believed in you

But I’m falling away
I’m falling away with you
Time may heal your wounds
I’m seeing you through
Your eyes may fade from view
I’m seeing you through..

I’m torn at the seams
It pains me to breathe
You think you’re not needed
But I feel your pain
It’s alway the same
But let’s not feed it
Yet here in my soul
I want you to know
I’ll never leave

There’s nothing to say
No more charades for fools
I came here to stay
I’m falling away with you
I’m falling away
I’m falling away with you..

Time may heal your wounds
I’ll see you through
Your eyes may fade from view
I’ll see you through
Time may heal your wounds
I’ll see you through

I’m falling away
I’m falling away with you
I’m falling away

This 30 second music track is available on Limewire, wrongly attributed to Evermore. The 3:45 minute Sprite commercial soundtrack was available to download from Sprite Netherlands website, as a 3.44 mb mp3 track but it is not currently working. Thanks to Thijs for the tip in his comment below. It appears as though Coca Cola Netherlands have blown their bandwidth with the demand for the song.

Falling Away on German and Belgian Sprite Sites

TJ’s comment below for instructions on downloading the full mp3 track from www.sprite.de. Sprite Germany is running a music video competition using the Falling Away track and offers the original 3 minute track, along with remixes.

You can find 5 different Versions of “Falling away” in full length on Germany’s Sprite-Site

1. Click on SPRITE CLIP BATTLE
2. Select AM SPRITE CLIP BATTLE TEILNEHMEN!
3. If you have a Coca-Cola-/Cokefridge-Account click on MATERIAL HERUNTERLADEN and login
4. If you don’t have an Account select JETZT REGISTRIEREN
5. Fill out the form an send it with ABSENDEN
6. Now select the Versions you want and click on >HERUNTERLADEN
You can choose from the Original, Go Disco, Chillout, ElektroPop and the Urban Beat versions (all 192 kBit/s).

EASY EASY EASY! Alternatively just go to www.sprite.be, click on TV Advertisement and download the music.

Freedom From Thirst

  • Anonymous

    Uhh, I downloaded the full version from Sendspace but the sound quality seems to be real shit… Any explanations?

  • i want that song!

    i would be so cool if i could get my hands on that song, if anybody is knows could you guys tell me on jimmie_bob@hotmail.com. cheers peoples

  • jdeacons

    Hey even though tis may/maynot be by Evermore….If you search limewire you will find it evermore – im falling away(1) and its smaller and clearer than that other version

  • kiwisc

    The song IS performed by Evermore, and Evermore IS a New Zealand band from Feilding [my bf lives there] and not an Australian one, and the song is originally written by Benjamin Pacheco.
    Talk to the band, ask them gosh people.

  • http://theinspirationroom.com/daily Duncan

    Kiwisc did you ask the band?

  • macoco

    Alright. If you’re down here, it means you’ve been reading all these posts and sifting through the text language junk. And the bitchy comments! Sorry, guys, but I find it extremely hypocritical that ‘chick’ and others have left comments about how ‘stupid’ you and I apparently are. What’s the point? If somebody doesn’t understand something – and chick, I’m sure that somebody who forgets the apostrophe in ‘you’d’ frequently finds themself scratching their noggin – either get the tolerance and consideration up to help them, or just go away. Calling the general public ‘retards’ and saying that ‘only stupid people breed these days’ (so what does that make you?) is not constructive at all.

    Cyberbitch over with. First off, yes, Evermore is a New Zealand band, but I don’t think they sang this song. When I saw them live they sounded very different. But that could be a perceptional flaw, who knows.

    To get the ‘Falling Away’ Sprite “Liquid Freedom” song, just follow this link

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/hd3hw8

    It HAS appeared before, but it’s hard to root it out of all these forum replies. Click on the link and then read the page CAREFULLY and you will find the link. If you are using PC, right click and click “Save Target As…” on the link. If you are using Mac (like me), Ctrl+Click, and then ‘Download Linked File’. You’ll know if you’re right clicking on the right link because on mac the first option will be ‘Open File In iTunes’ or something similar.

    So please don’t get frustrated! Let’s make music, not fights, guys! :)

  • caleb hensman

    my cousin, josh, is on this ad

  • Michael

    shot for the link… Does anyone know where I can find the Guitar tab?

  • http://www.cha-ch0u-w.skyblog.com manon-critique-musiquale-de-14-piges

    elle est trop belle cette chansooooon !

  • timo

    whole song is at Rapid Share
    search under youtube. it has the entire song too.

  • Fallen Angel

    Whole the world wants that song even here in f**cken damned Armenia we are dreaming to get it PLZ do something slake the thirst

  • Irina

    Why do you say “F***N ARMENIA”? i love your country, you must be proud of it. it’s great!

  • Billi

    Take this mp3 link at Rapidshare and you’ll get the song =)

  • http://www.slaves-of-society.de.vu El Schedel

    THX DUDE, I LOVE THIS SONG AND NOW I GOT IT :)

  • Levi

    wow, holy hell..
    i just read all your guys shit.. haha, but yeah thanks for the song DJ pantin?

    im from new zealand, new zealands good..

  • Cube

    You can find (at least I could) full version of song in Shareaza http://www.shareaza.com. Some people believe that song is made by New Zealand band Evermore, so you should search for Evermore – Falling Away.

  • tj from germany

    You can find 5 different Versions of “Falling away” in full length on Germany’s Sprite-Site :-)

    http://www.sprite.de

    click on SPRITE CLIP BATTLE
    select >AM SPRITE CLIP BATTLE TEILNEHMEN!

    If you have a Coca-Cola-/Cokefridge-Account click on
    >MATERIAL HERUNTERLADEN and login

    If you don’t have an Account select >JETZT REGISTRIEREN
    Fill out the form an send it with >ABSENDEN

    Now select the Versions you want and click on >HERUNTERLADEN

    Available Versions (all 192 kBit/s):
    – Original Version
    – Go Disco
    – Chillout Version
    – ElektroPop Version
    – Urban Beat Version

  • http://theinspirationroom.com/daily Duncan

    Thanks for that TJ. Do you need to have an address in Germany to register?

  • tj

    Well, they don’t ask explicitly for an address in Germany ;-)
    So type in yours – or anything else (PLZ = 5 digits).

    Actually you just need a valid email address for the confirmation email.

  • ilyinilyas

    I am from Ukraine. Those ad come to us last summer. Great thanks to Benjamin Pacheco for his song… Amazing!

  • lebover89

    10x 4 all the info guys !! Finally !

  • http://www.directory.am Tom

    So does anyone have an updated link for this song?

    Thanks

  • Ahmed

    First Of All Sorry For Bad English But This Song Made Me Crazy . Imagine That Someone Want A Song Without Knowing The Name Of The Band Or Even The Name Of The Song And All My Search Was desperate When I Found This Page . I Want To Thank Billi For Rapid Share Link
    Ahmed, Egypt

  • Melchior

    Benjamin Pachero had nothing to do with this song. Nor did Evermore!

    It was written by Lindsay Jehan and Hugh Wilson from Humanworldwide, and recorded in the Human studios, NOT in Benjamin’s house as Duncan has stated above.

  • http://theinspirationroom.com/daily Duncan

    Melchior. I have contacted Hugh Wilson who has confirmed your point. It appears as though Pacheco wrote one track, and the ‘Falling Away’ was written by Wilson, Jehan and team. All of these guys were working for Human Worldwide.

  • http://www.thisrocks.de.tl Laura

    Hey!
    You can download the song on:

    http://www.sprite.de/

    hope i could help you…

    Laura

  • sven

    also available on
    http://www.sprite.be

  • Mikasa

    Hey thank you there for the rapidshare link :))))))))

    The song is also available at zaycev.net

    i really like it, the ad, and the whole concept of it.

    Great people those who creat such fantastic ads!!!

  • digital7

    Mikasa,

    Thanks for the Rapidshare link, but the song skips in the beginning. Would you have a clean copy with no skips? Thanks

  • digital7

    TJ, Can you please write a more detailed explanation on how to download it for us that dont know how to read or speak German? Im on the website and its asking me for “Eingabe Kunstlername eines” under the ‘Sound & Downloads’ section of the website.

    I’ve tried typing everything known to man and Im still unable to retrieve the MP3 from the site. I have already registered and Im completely logged in.

    I also dont see any options on the website for “HERUNTERLADEN”

    Thanks for your help.

  • Pooven

    Hey there, the song can also be found in eSnips
    But you have to have an eSnips account to download it (it’s free though :)

  • Max

    Hi to everyone!
    May be someone has guitar tabs or notes or chords for “falling away”?
    I can not find any :(((

  • http://facebook.com Johnny

    hey guys, if u really want the song u can look at it looking for the sprite ad, problem is u cant rip it, so if anyone knows how i would really appreciate it thanks

  • http://www.fotolog.com/jexie_mky jahseel

    wowww durante años busque esa cancion

    y pOr fin la encuentro

    es genial

    saludos

  • CDizzl

    evn though it’s not evermore here is the link at YouTube

  • johnique

    Thank you guyz, i really appreciate that!!

  • Gordon

    Hola!
    I found a link on myspace to the full version
    It’s prety sweet.
    http://myspace.com/uniondevoe

  • Sharina

    Just go to http://www.sprite.de, this site is in German so read all of this.
    After it loads up just click on sounds and downloads > mp3 download, enter makari (or watch some of the videos posted and enter the name you like)
    After that you will be able to download the song there along with several other remixes.

  • Absolut

    Tks a lot
    I have got it. So kool!!!!!!!!

  • Ash

    Hey I have the full version!

  • Brett

    yeah go to myspace.com then go to music, and look up “human worldwide” it will give you one result and u can download it there. way easy.

  • dooo_36

    this i another great website to get stuff off youtube cause youtube does have the full song and you can convert it and download to a full mp3.. go here: http://videocodezone.com and search “sprite commercial falling away” no need to subscribe just select the conversion you want and BAHM! you got it.

  • Emily

    the http://www.sprite.de works. Just follow the persons instructions a few up. its by far the easiest way, and you get what you need simple and easy. Videocodezone doesn’t have it. I put that in the search I got nothing. MOst the other sites lead me to an unavailable page.

    but thanks!!! to all you people, i have been searching so long for the song!!!!

    =)

  • tony

    I have the song. it is on a myspace page. go download if you like. took me forever to find it but it was worth it. enjoy :D here is the link
    http://www.myspace.com/imfallingaway110

  • Patrick

    Thank you all for ceasing my endless torment!!! I had been searhing ever since this aired in the US around NBA playoff time ’06 (still waiting for my beloved SUNS to win it all)!!!

    Download it from the German site. It is easy and the sound quality is top notch. You can also download different mixes.

    I can now sleep at night. Thank You!!!

  • Jazmin

    omg thanks sharina i finally got the song!

  • http://stats.ircforce.org acidiconEFNET

    You can download 5 different *full* versions from sprite.de but its in German.. I used babelfish and eventually found it. If you all want it bad enough play with the site. Took me about 30mins to find out what to enter in the text box. (no spoilers) ha!

    acidic

  • http://thedigitalpinoy.com philippinean

    Sprite commercial shot in 2005 in Bangkok. Let me know if it is still showing in your country..Thanks.
    Cool special effects.

    “The music soundtrack was created exclusively for the ad by Benjamin Pacheco for sound and music company Human Worldwide, New York. The music was not written or played by New Zealand band, Evermore, despite the attribution of a Limewire track to them. Pacheco recorded all tracks in his own home himself apart from the drum tracks…”

  • stang_310

    The full song is in limewire. It’s 3:45 long, just put falling away in song and evermore in artist.

  • Arekkusu

    -_-; these people gosh, so over dramatic. I’m pretty sure the song is Falling Away by Evermore. Don’t you guys even bother to loook it up before complaining like leachers for the full version.