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The song is her response to the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi; and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four black children. On the recording she cynically announces the song as "a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it yet." The song begins jauntily, with a show tune feel, but demonstrates its political focus early on with its refrain "Alabama's got me so upset, Tennessee's made me lose my rest, and everybody… read more

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

Alabama's gotten me so upset

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam Lyrics

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  • Powerful song
  • Everybody knows about Michael Jackson...
  • Goddam this song. KEEP ON SAYIN', "GO SLOW"
  • MS SIMONE WAS ONE INTENSE LADY,THIS IS SUCH A POWERFUL SONG GODDAM!!!! R I P
  • black power!
  • "All I want is equality for my sister, my brother, my people and me"
  • I betcha thought I was kidding ya, didn't you? [2]
  • NINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 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.
  • Strong Lady. Strong Song. Thank you Nina!

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