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Mississippi Goddam, song lyrics

Song: Mississippi Goddamn
Lyrics: Nina Simone

Music: Nina Simone
Year: 1964
Genre: Done as a showtune
Country: USA


(Spoken Introduction:)
The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddamn,
And I mean every word of it.

Alabama's gotten me so upset,
Tennessee made me lose my rest,
And everybody knows about Mississippi, Goddamn.

Alabama's gotten me so upset,
Tennessee made me lose my rest,
And everybody knows about Mississippi, Goddamn.

Can't you see it?
Can't you feel it?
It's all in the air.
I can't stand the pressure much longer.
Somebody say a prayer.

Alabama's gotten me so upset,
Tennessee made me lose my rest,
And everybody knows about Mississippi, Goddamn.
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(Spoken:)
This is a show tune,
But the show hasn't been written for it, yet.

Hound dogs on my trail.
School children sitting in jail.
Black cat cross my path.
I think every day's gonna be my last.

Lord have mercy on this land of mine,
We all gonna get it in due time,
I don't belong here,
I don't belong there,
I've even stopped believing in prayer.

Don't tell me, I tell you.
Me and my people just about due,
I've been there so I know,
They keep on saying "Go slow!"
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But that's just the trouble,
"do it slow";
Washing the windows,
"do it slow";
Picking the cotton,
"do it slow";
You're just plain rotten,
"do it slow";
You're too damn lazy,
"do it slow";
You're thinking's crazy,
"do it slow",
Where am I going,
What am I doing,
I don't know,
I don't know.

Just try to do your very best,
Stand up be counted with all the rest,
For everybody knows about Mississippi, Goddamn.
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(Spoken:)
I made you thought I was kiddin'.

Picket lines, School boycotts,
They try to say it's a communist plot,
All I want is equality, for my sister my brother my people and me.

Yes you lied to me all these years,
You told me to wash and clean my ears,
And talk real fine just like a lady,
And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie.

Oh, but this whole country is full of lies,
You're all gonna die and die like flies,
I don't trust you any more,
You keep on saying "Go slow!",
"Go slow!"
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But that's just the trouble,
"do it slow";
Desegregation,
"do it slow";
Mass participation,
"do it slow";
Reunification,
"do it slow",
Do things gradually,
"do it slow";
But bring more tragedy,
"do it slow";
Why don't you see it?
Why don't you feel it?
I don't know.
I don't know.

You don't have to live next to me,
Just give me my equality,
Everybody knows about Mississippi,
Everybody knows about Alabama,
Everybody knows about Mississippi, Goddamn

(Spoken:)
That's it!


Notes:

1 - Nina Simone (1933 - 2003) biography.

2 - It is said that the song was a response the Assassination of Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963, at his home in Jackson Mississippi and to the murder of four black children in the Klu Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, on September 15, 1963 in Birmingham Alabama.