I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
|"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"|
|Single by Nina Simone|
|from the album Silk & Soul|
|Songwriter(s)||Billy Taylor, Richard Carroll Lamb (Dick Dallas)|
"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" is a jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas. Taylor's original version (as "I Wish I Knew") was recorded on November 12, 1963, and released on his Right Here, Right Now! album (Capitol ST-2039) the following year. His 1967 instrumental take was later used as the theme music for the Film... review programme series on BBC Television.
Taylor said: "I wrote this song, perhaps my best-known composition, for my daughter Kim. This is one of the best renditions I’ve done because it is very spiritual."
Other artists who have covered the song include Illinois Jacquet (1968), Solomon Burke (1968), Cold Blood (1969), John Denver (1969), Mary Travers (1971), Jools Holland (1997), Levon Helm (2009), Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Emeli Sandé (2012). The song was also covered by Andra Day for the 2017 Film Acrimony
- "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free". American Treasures of the Library of Congress. July 27, 2010.