Nina on the song's origins: "At first I gathered some materials to make a gun. I was going to take one of them out, and I didn't care who it was. Then my husband said, 'Nina, you can't kill anyone. You are a musician. Do what you do.'"
Gathering materials to make a gun? Note that Simone suffered from bipolar disorder all her adult life and that she once made headlines for shooting and wounding a neighbor with a BB gun when his laughter disturbed her concentration. She also fired a gun at a record company executive who she accused of stealing royalties.