Saturday, 18 September 2010

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam

Album: Nina Simone in Concert (Phillips, 1964) Chart pos:N/A

A show tune without a show.

Nina Simone was inspired to write this song after the shooting of Medgar Evers in 1963. The songs jaunty opening leads to a darker commentary on civil rights era American. Lines like 'Oh but this whole country is full of lies/You're all gonna die and die like flies' bleakly convey Nina Simone's own anger at the state of America. Possibly one of the greatest songs about racial tension in the 60's.

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