Mississippi Goddam Lyrics - Nina Simone

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(1963) Nina Simone

The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
And I mean every word of it

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

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

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
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And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

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!"

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"
The 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 Goddam

I made you thought I was kiddin' didn't we

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!"

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 Goddam

That's it for now! see ya' later






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Racists and facts | Reviewer: whole9 | 6/9/13

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Darjae - you can't argue facts with racists or any other ideologically motivated people. Most of us believe what we want to believe and we seldom go to the trouble of doing the research that would support or disprove what we want to believe. I don't know where DL heard or read about that federal law that creates ghettoes next door to newly-white areas. Of course it sounds absurd, but do you remember 'bussing'? Wasn't that a dumb-ass attempt at 'integration' that *nobody was comfortable with?
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Like I said, you can't argue facts with racists, but for the record let's point something out. DL's post is called 'Song is a lie'. Everything he says in the post is in the present tense. Do you see a problem there? He declares the song a lie based on his idea of the reality of 2012. It would seem kind of obvious that if you're going to denounce a mid-60s song, you should be using mid-60s state of affairs to make your point.
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But of course logic and accuracy don't really matter here. DL will continue believing that 'niggers ruin everything' (or whatever it is he believes). Meanwhile, the people who put those ideas in his head probably don't believe in them themselves; they just need little crackers like DL to believe.
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Racism, Darjae, is not hating the 'other'. Racism is exploitation coupled with the political power to enforce it. That's why black folks in this country claim they can't be racists no matter how much some of them might hate your white ass.
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Knowwumsayin? :)
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Sister Sadie's blues - "we just about t'ough" | Reviewer: whole9 | 6/7/13

I've always thought - and still do - that instead of "do it slow" the words are "too slow".
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I know that "I made you thought I was kiddin' didn't we" is "I *bet you thought I was kiddin', didn't you?"
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And I'm pretty sure "me and my people just about due" is "me and my people just about t'ough (through)". I know you can hear neither "th" nor "r" there, but I've heard, loud & clear, lines like so-&-so "t'ew the ball". Notice that the line doesn't say "me and my people *are* just about due/through"; there's no verb there, the line is like "we tahd (tired)". If she consciously used Black vernacular by skipping the verb, it kind of makes sense that she would have *consciously applied a Black/Southern/rural pronunciation of the word "through" - possibly to make it that much clearer that she indeed was one of "my people". After all, she was Eunice Waymon from North Ca'lina; she *would have heard "t'ough" growing up.
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Let me put this out: have you noticed the way she pronounces the word "word" in "And I mean every word of it"? It sounds like "wuhd", kind of British. So which Nina is real? The one that expresses her anger and impatience in Black/Southern/rural vernacular or the one who, when she speaks as herself (as opposed to a character in a song) sounds kind of British? And when she sounds kind of British, where did that affectation come from? Do you think there might be a hint in these lines:
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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
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What do you think, folks?
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I'm not very likely to come back to this page, but if you're interested in exchanging some thoughts on the subject, drop me a line at ninewhole@aol.com. I'd love to hear from you.
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DL- That's the most racist thing I've ever heard | Reviewer: darjae | 12/19/12

Why would you come here to hear a classic song? And make that stupid ass comment. An entertainer who is trying to ensure that her people get what they deserve. There is no federal law that puts ghettos next to whites..... WTH are you talking about? I'm white, I have been for 45 years......never called someone a cracker before, but you sir are a CRACKER! Make sure you go to the dry cleaners to pick up your hood before the next meeting.

Song is a lie | Reviewer: DL | 12/11/12

The song says, "you don't have to live next to me". That's a lie. It's federal law that they put black ghettos in wherever we whites move to get away from them! We have to let them in our schools and watch them be destroyed. I thought the blacks were going to build their own infrastructure lol. They never have, anywhere in the world.

great | Reviewer: jeanise | 10/5/12

I came by here to just read the lyrics and see how still today the same thing, go slow, I hear Republicans say we are angry and things have gotten somuch better. they are better more oportunity but the way they handle Our President leaves me to wonder how better is it, when everything they are trying to do to revert all that we have won. Not only Mississippi but all over this land. especially in the middle of the map. why do you still hate us so?

JezikaihJones | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/11

I believe you have one line wrong. I made you thought I was kiddin did't we should be I bet you thought I was kiddin' ya did't you. Nina was a very intelligent lady and would have never used such a line as that.

Actually, in my opinion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/22/10

That is one song that will keep on shining for decades to come.Nina Simone was a pure genius when it came to writing meaningful songs,especially regarding black Americans and their struggles.That song is pure art at it's finest.

:-P | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/16/09

That is one song that will keep on shining for decades to come.Nina Simone was a pure genius when it came to writing meaningful songs,especially regarding black Americans and their struggles.That song is pure art at it's finest.

Mr Nakashona | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/31/05

That is one song that will keep on shining for decades to come.Nina Simone was a pure genius when it came to writing meaningful songs,especially regarding black Americans and their struggles.

Mississippi Goddamn | Reviewer: Timothy | 3/31/05

That is one song that will keep on shining for decades to come.Nina Simone was a pure genius when it came to writing meaningful songs,especially regarding black Americans and their struggles.That song is pure art at it's finest.



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