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Nina Simone

Pirate Jenny (6:36)

"Pirate Jenny", which originates from the first act of The Threepenny Opera, a musical by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, in collaboration with translator Elisabeth Hauptmann and set designer Caspar Neher. It was adapted from an 18th-century English ballad opera, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and offers a Marxist critique of the capitalist world. It opened on 31 August 1928 at…

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You people can watch while I'm scrubbing these floors
And I'm scrubbin' the floors while you're gawking
Maybe once you tip me and it makes you feel swell
In this crummy southern town in this crummy old hotel

Nina Simone - Pirate Jenny Lyrics


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  • yea the version from Nina Simone in Concert (1964) is INCREDIBLE
  • nobody's gonna sleep here, honey. nobody. nobody...
  • Really, really prefer the slow sinister version.
  • The 6+ minute version is a song of epic proportion. Epic, I say!
  • Scary song.
  • weird and hard on the ears
  • I'm not a fan of this uptempo version.. Uh. [2]
  • Audio only: http://youtube.com/watch?v=V7awW5nrDHk
  • Wow....I like Steeleye Span's cover better, but this is waaaaaay cool.

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