There was a little discussion at the end of last nights session at Hedsor about the title of my request, which was played as the last tune of the evening. I HATE to say this, but my title "I wish I knew how it would Feel to Be Free" is the correct one. Billly Taylor first recorded it in 1963 and later as an instrumental around 1967, and it's original title was "I Wish I Knew". Later both Nina Simon and The Lighthouse Family recorded it with slightly differing lyrics, and the longer title. Reproduced below are both versions Lyrics.
As 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 and I'd sing cos I'd know that and I'd sing cos I'd know that I'd know how it feels to be free I'd know how it feels to be free I'd know how it feels to be free
LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY LYRICS