Nina Simone explains in an interview what freedom is. Freedom is “no fear”.

Nina Simone: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

And I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holdin’ 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 doubts
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 longin’ to give
I wish I could live like I’m longing to live
I wish I could do all the things that I can do
And though I’m way over due
I’d be startin’ a new

Well I wish I could be
Like a bird up in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found out I could fly
So long to my song
And look down upon the sea

And I sing because I know yeah
And I sing because I know yeah
And I sing because I know

I would know how it feels
I would know how it feels to be free
I would know how it feels
Yes, I would know
I would know how it feels, how it feels
To be free, no no

The Lighthouse Family has done a great cover as well.

And I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holdin’ 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 doubts
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 longin’ to give
I wish I could live like I’m longing to live
I wish I could do all the things that I can do
And though I’m way over due
I’d be startin’ a new

Well I wish I could be
Like a bird up in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found out I could fly
So long to my song
And look down upon the sea

And I sing because I know yeah
And I sing because I know yeah
And I sing because I know

I would know how it feels
I would know how it feels to be free
I would know how it feels
Yes, I would know
I would know how it feels, how it feels
To be free, no no

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