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,
all that we are longing to do.