Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me
Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel
This song was composed by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd and first performed on stage in 1964. Nina Simone recorded it for her 1965 album I put a Spell on You
Her performance is superb, and I must say my favourite part is the unaccompanied first verse which she sings before the blare of the brass comes in.
I came upon this by chance last week and realised I had rather forgotten this wonderful artist. She faded out of sight in the late Sixties..
After watching a documentary about her life, What Happened, Miss Simone? I discovered why. She had become deeply enamoured of the Black Power Movement and made some quite injudicious public statements. The record companies dumped her.
But listening to her singing this wonderfully cheering and optimistic song it is impossible not to love her music.
Other favourites of mine, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
and her beautiful version of Here Comes the Sun.
Gives yourselves a treat.