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."
The song served as an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement in America in the 1960s. It was used as the theme for the 2004 Olympics, and as the music for Coca-Cola (2004, featuring Sharlene Hector of Basement Jaxx) and Swisscom (2012) commercials. A widely played version was recorded by Nina Simone in 1967 on her Silk & Soul album
- "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free". American Treasures of the Library of Congress. July 27, 2010.