At the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, Nina Simone had many changes to make to
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
– a song originally written by William Taylor and Richard Carroll Lamb –
'Wish I knew how It would feel to be free I wish I could break All the chains still binding me, yeah I wish I could say All the things that I can say when I’m relaxed.
I'd be starting anew.
I wish I could be like a bird in the sky Don’t leave me... How sweet it would be to find that I could fly I’d soar to the sun And look down at the sea Then I’d sing ‘cause I’d know How it feels to be free.
Then I’d sing ‘cause I’d know How it feels to be free. I wish I could share all of the love that’s in my heart. I wish I could break all things that find us apart. ‘Wish you could know what it means To be me. You’d see, you’d agree Everybody should be free ‘Cause if we ain’t we’re murderous.
I wish I could be like a bird in the sky. How sweet it would be If I find that I fly I'd soar to the sun Look down at the sea And I’d know, yeah...
Oh yeah, spirit’s moving now... hmm… hmm...
I know, 'got news for you, I already know Jonathan Livingston Seagull ain’t got nothing on me! Free! Free! Free! Free! I’m free! And I know it!
Don’t wanna be a… And I show it. But I’m still free To believe in me. It’s alright. Then I’d sing, sing, sing, ‘Cause I would know I already know I already know I found out How it feels to Not to be chained To anything To any race To any faith To anybody To any creed To any hopes To any...
A N Y T H I N G !
I k n o w
h o w
i t f e e l s
t o b e f r e e !!
The original song served as an anthem for the 1960’s U.S. civil-rights movement.
Later it was used by the 2004 Olympics and by Coca-Cola.
[UPDATE: “What Happened Miss Simone?” is on Netflix]