Nina Simone’s Freedom from Anything!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Art, Music | 0 comments

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 –

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina Simone – the free version!
'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]

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