Mississippi Goddam (5:32)

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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 knows about Mississippi goddam. ” In the song she rails on the common argument at the time that civil rights activists and African Americans should “go slow” and make changes in the United States incrementally: “Keep on sayin’ ‘go slow’…to do things gradually would bring more tragedy. 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!”

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  • moanin

    MS SIMONE WAS ONE INTENSE LADY,THIS IS SUCH A POWERFUL SONG GODDAM!!!! R I P

    3 Jul 9:48pm Reply
  • DM09

    black power!

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KhaliMar

    "All I want is equality for my sister, my brother, my people and me"

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PRagdoll

    I betcha thought I was kidding ya, didn't you? [2]

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • blakbyrd76

    NINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • AndoDoug

    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.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Elena_Rybak

    Strong Lady. Strong Song. Thank you Nina!

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • sjm26b

    she had major balls to say this at the time and place that she did.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Lamarkin

    RIP, Nina.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • nashville_ergie

    Hot, hot, hot.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Miraclemunkee

    Ah, Nina...I missed you so much. <3

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SunshineBeachFl

    Deep!

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ManIDontEven

    !!!

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MelynasJautis

    do it slow!!!

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • DeepInMySoul

    As a white man who once lived in the "Deep South" region of the U.S., and who vocally opposed the racism that was still very much alive there, at least as recently as the end of the '90s, when I moved away, this song has a special resonance for me. I don't pretend to be anything *close* to a martyr. That belongs to those who actually did die in the pursuit for civil rights in the Deep South. With that said though, I did suffer for my open opposition to racism there, and it leads me to ask, will things ever truly change there, in a really deep sense? Don't get me wrong-- there are wonderful things about the South, even for those who don't necessarily "fit in" well (I was one). However, it's just so sad to me that interracial relationships and marriages are seemingly no big deal where I now live, but where I was born and raised, they could still lead to one or both people being assaulted or killed. How long, O Lord, how long? We are all human beings, and we bleed the same blood.

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • pone2none

    she is a wonderful artist!!!

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Sizzyneck

    thats the true! love this song!!!!!! nina i miss you ;)

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • pbn

    Wow.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • adia9785

    You don't have to live next to me just give me my EQUALITY! [2]

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • gwynnega

    Not the best version.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
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