I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free Lyrics

John Denver


album: Track 13 in album Rhymes & Reasons
release date: 1969
popularity : 23 users have visited this page.
length: 3:52
writer: Billy Taylor, Dick Dallas

Album Information

label: RCA
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

John Denver Rhymes & Reasons cover art


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This song was first released on the rhymes and reasons album. it is the only album it has been released on.

And I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish that I could break
All the chains holding me
I wish I could say
All the things that I’d like to 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 every doubt
It 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 longin’ to live
I wish I could give
What I’m longin’ to give
And I wish I could do
All the things I’d like to do
You know they’ll still miss part of you
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
So long to my song
And look down upon ihe sea
And I sing because I know
I would see you
I sing because I know
I would see you
And I sing because I know
I would see you
To be free yea

Words and music by taylor and dallas


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Love of the Common People
  • 2 Catch Another Butterfly
  • 3 Daydream
  • 4 The Ballad of Spiro Agnew
  • 5 Circus
  • 6 When I'm Sixty-four
  • 7 The Ballad of Richard Nixon
  • 8 Rhymes & Reasons
  • 9 Yellow Cat
  • 10 Leaving, on a Jet Plane
  • 11 My Heart
  • 12 My Old Man
  • 13 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  • 14 Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life