“I wish I could break all these chains holding me…”


Below is a  youtube video/recording of Nina Simone singing  “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free….I wish I could break all the chains holding me”  … I think the words to this song and the way Nina Simone sings it are beautiful and very moving…and  I think they contain a wonderful  aspiration and intention….

This song was popular in the late 1960’s.  I found it to be so expressive then…and it continues to inspire me now.

(the actual singing of the song starts at 30 seconds into the video…piano intro)


“How it feels to be free”

written by Billy Taylor, sung by Nina Simone

I wish  I knew how it would feel to be free
I wish I could break all the chains holding me
I wish I could say all the things that  I should say
say ’em loud, say ’em clear
for the whole round world to hear.

I wish I could share all the love that’s in my heart
remove all the bars that keep us apart
I wish you could know what it means to be me
Then you’d see and agree
that every man should be free.

I wish I could give all I’m longing to give
I wish I could live like I’m longing to live
I wish that I could do all the things that  I can do
though I’m way overdue I’d be starting anew.

Well I wish  I could be like a bird in the sky
how sweet it would be if I found  I could fly
Oh I’d soar to the sun and look down at the sea
and I’d sing cos I’d know that
I’d know how it feels to be free


I suppose many of us  have our own “chains”…
I wish us all steady progress
in letting go of those chains,
whatever they might be….

and I also wish us steady progress
in developing and embracing the joys
of offering love,
speaking our own truth,
and doing….
all that we are longing to do.

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11 Responses to “I wish I could break all these chains holding me…”

  1. abichica says:

    i also wish i knew how to be free, but unfortunately im swimming in the same state of confusion and imprisonment as you.. And like you say ” we all have our own chains”.. the trick is breaking free..thanx for the nice post.. 😀


    • Thank you…and you’re very welcome…Oh yes…the sense of feeling restrained…sometimes, at least for me, by a few chains of my own habits, repetitive patterns etc…and yes, to be persistent at breaking free… patience and persistence are needed, I guess.


  2. sufilight says:

    This is beautifully done. I am typing this comment while listening to the music. I too have my own chains of habits and patterns some which I let go, others which I am working day by day… The message is very uplifting! Thank you for creating these messages.


    • You’re very welcome….I now find it uplifting, too.
      The image/page was actually a bit difficult as I was creating it…in January, because it came out of my own frustration with a few limitations I seemed to be perpetuating “in” myself ..and the real longing to move past those…so it was an expression of that frustration, but also an affirmation that I can let go of them…or learn to work toward that. Isn’t the song so beautiful and powerful? The way she sings the words…. “longing to give” and “longing to live”…and “how sweet it would be if I found I could fly”…love that line… remarkable…


  3. nrhatch says:

    Between the wish and the thing . . . life lies waiting. 😉

    I love this song by Cat Stevens:

    If you want to sing out, sing out
    If you want to be free, be free
    There’s a million ways to be . . .
    You know that there are.


  4. souldipper says:

    My first time here and enjoying Nina a bunch! Looking at your list of titles, I see that I am going to do some snooping. Freedom is a very big deal in my life. When it is hampered, I know I have to make a decision. Sometimes that means changing me and sometimes it means changing priorities. The chance to do an inventory is always refreshing. Thanks, PP!


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