A F#m A D E A And I wish I knew how it would feel to be free. D A B7 F#7 E7 I wish that I could break all the chains holding me. A F#m A D E A I wish I could say all the things that I'd like to say. F#m D A E A 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 every doubt that keeps us apart.
And I wish you could know what it means to be me.
Then you'd see and agree, every man should be free.
I wish I could live like I'm longing to live.
I wish I could give what I'm longing to give.
And I wish I could do all the things that I'd like to do.
You know there still is quite a few, yes, sir, and I'm way way over due.
I wish I could be like a bird up in the sky.
How sweet it would be if I found out I could fly!
I'd soar up to the sun and look down upon the sea,
And I'd sing because I know how it feels to be -
I'd sing because I know how it feels -
Oh, I'd sing because I'd know how it feels to be free!
(Words and music by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas, 1966)
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