April 28 – Say all you should say

Say all you should say
Say it loud and say it clear
Let the whole world hear

Adapted from the song I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free 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. (Wikipedia)

Possibly the best known recorded version is by Nina Simone which I enjoy but I did find a wonderful instrumental arranged by Don Shirley (with one of the best bass rip/intros ever), the concert pianist portrayed in the movie The Green Book.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

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

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