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"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 Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm.

"Pirate Jenny" has been famously covered by singer and activist Nina Simone… read more

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  • Avatar for FritzLn
    yea the version from Nina Simone in Concert (1964) is INCREDIBLE
  • Avatar for rainy-dog
    nobody's gonna sleep here, honey. nobody. nobody...
  • Avatar for TheLastDamsel
    Really, really prefer the slow sinister version.
  • Avatar for ahorticulture
    The 6+ minute version is a song of epic proportion. Epic, I say!
  • Avatar for StickyFinga
    Scary song.
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  • Avatar for ReducedCapacity
    weird and hard on the ears
  • Avatar for Proof757
    I'm not a fan of this uptempo version.. Uh. [2]
  • Avatar for IanAR
    Audio only:
  • Avatar for Pudzinski
    Wow....I like Steeleye Span's cover better, but this is waaaaaay cool.


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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