I Wish I Knew How

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free

Author: Billy Taylor; Author: Dick Dallas
Tune: MANDELA
Published in 1 hymnal

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

2 I wish I could share all the love that's in my heart,
remove all the bars that still keep us apart.
I wish you could know what it means to be me,
then you'd see and agree
everyone should be free.
Then you'd see and agree
everyone should be free.

3 I wish I could give all I'm longing to give.
I wish I could live like I'm longing to live.
I wish I could do all the things I can do,
though I'm way overdue
I'd be starting anew.
Though I'm way overdue
I'd be starting anew.

4 I wish I could be like a bird in the sky
How sweet it would be If I found I could fly
I'd soar to the sun and look down at the sea,
then I'd sing 'cause I'd know
how it feels to be free.
Then I'd sing 'cause I'd know
how it feels to be free.


Source: Singing the Living Tradition #151

Author: Billy Taylor

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Author: Dick Dallas

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First Line: I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
Title: I Wish I Knew How
Author: Billy Taylor
Author: Dick Dallas
Meter: 11.11.11.6.6.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: © Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas

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Singing the Living Tradition #151

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