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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nina Simone - Sinnerman (with lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides information about the African American Spiritual "Sinner Man". This post also showcases a full version of Nina Simone's rendition of that song.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-wailers-downpressor-man-and-peter.html for a post that features Jamaican versions of "Sinner Man" from the Wailers (Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and Bunny Wailer) and a later version from Peter Tosh.

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INFORMATION ABOUT "SINNER MAN"
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinner_Man
"Sinner Man" or "Sinnerman" is an American traditional spiritual song that has been recorded by a number of performers. The song dates to the turn of the 20th century[citation needed] but most modern recorded versions derive from the 1956 recording by Les Baxter,[1] further changes and additions were codified in 1959 by the folk music group the Weavers. The Weavers' performance of the song appears on their compilation albums Gospel and Reunion at Carnegie Hall Part 2.

"Sinnerman" (spelled as one word) is one of Nina Simone's most famous songs and she recorded her definitive 10-minute-plus version on her 1965 album Pastel Blues. Simone learned the lyrics of this song in her childhood when it was used at revival meetings by her mother, a Methodist minister, to help people confess their sins. In the early days of her career during the early sixties, when she was heavily involved in the Greenwich Village scene, Simone often used the long piece to end her live performances. An earlier version of the song exists, recorded live at The Village Gate, but was never used on the 1962 Colpix album Nina at the Village Gate."


FEATURED EXAMPLE (with Lyrics)



Nina Simone - Sinnerman (FULL) HD + SUBS

Isambay, Published on Mar 20, 2012

Oh Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?
Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?
Where you gonna run to?
All on that day
Well I run to the rock, please hide me
I run to the rock,please hide me
I run to the rock, please hide me, Lord
All on that day
But the rock cried out, I can't hide you
The rock cried out, I can't hide you
The rock cried out, I ain't gonna hide you guy
All on that day
I said, Rock, what's a matter with you rock?
Don't you see I need you, rock?
Lord, Lord, Lord
All on that day
So I run to the river, it was bleedin'
I run to the sea, it was bleedin'
I run to the sea, it was bleedin'
All on that day
So I run to the river, it was boilin'
I run to the sea, it was boilin'
I run to the sea, it was boilin'
All on that day
So I run to the Lord, please hide me Lord
Don't you see me prayin'?
Don't you see me down here prayin'?
But the Lord said, go to the devil
The Lord said, go to the devil
He said, go to the devil
All on that day
So I ran to the devil, he was waitin'
I ran to the devil, he was waitin'
Ran to the devil, he was waitin'
All on that day
I cried -
POWER!!!!!!!
(Power to da Lord)
[8x]
Bring down,
(Power to da lord),
[4x]
POWER!!!
(power to da lord)
[12x]

(Instrumental)

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Thanks to the unknown original composers of this Spiritual, and thanks to Nina Simone for her musical legacy, including her rendition of "Sinnerman". Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post, the publisher of the sound file, and the transcriber of the lyrics of this song.

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