During the Nile Valley Civilization, the African foundation of world culture, the image of the mother (Isis) and child (Horus) was an early representation of nuturing and enduring love.

In this drawing, Nina Simone, the deeply moving voice of freedom, is revealed here. She is merged in loving uinson, with her daughter, Simone, who represents innocence, tenderness and hope.

The braided hair, the African crown, echoes this unison of spiritual connectedness to each other, their people and Mother Africa.

Mississippi Goddam
(1963) – Nina Simone

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

Alabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

Alabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

Can’t you see it
Can’t you feel it
It’s all in the air
I can’t stand the pressure much longer
Somebody say a prayer

Alabama’s gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

This is a show tune
But the show hasn’t been written for it, yet

Hound dogs on my trail
School children sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think every day’s gonna be my last

Lord have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong there
I’ve even stopped believing in prayer

Don’t tell me
I tell you
Me and my people just about due
I’ve been there so I know
They keep on saying “Go slow!”

But that’s just the trouble
“do it slow”
Washing the windows
“do it slow”
Picking the cotton
“do it slow”
You’re just plain rotten
“do it slow”
You’re too damn lazy
“do it slow”
The thinking’s crazy
“do it slow”
Where am I going
What am I doing
I don’t know
I don’t know

Just try to do your very best
Stand up be counted with all the rest
For everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

I made you thought I was kiddin’ didn’t we

Picket lines
School boy cots
They try to say it’s a communist plot
All I want is equality
for my sister my brother my people and me

Yes you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you’d stop calling me Sister Sadie

Oh but this whole country is full of lies
You’re all gonna die and die like flies
I don’t trust you any more
You keep on saying “Go slow!”
“Go slow!”

But that’s just the trouble
“do it slow”
“do it slow”
Mass participation
“do it slow”
“do it slow”
Do things gradually
“do it slow”
But bring more tragedy
“do it slow”
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
Everybody knows about Mississippi
Everybody knows about Alabama
Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

That’s it!

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  • Deidre Cripwell
    Deidre Cripwellover 6 years ago

    I don’t know if you are a Nina Simone fan, but if you are this does reflect the beauty of her voice and the emotions with which she sings. I love it

  • Charles Ezra Ferrell
    Charles Ezra F...over 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Deidre. I see I can count on you to uplift my spirits even higher (smile)

    KEITH R. WILL...about 6 years ago

    very nice

  • Lee Grissett
    Lee Grissettabout 6 years ago

    beautiful shading. great job!

  • neogolas
    neogolasabout 6 years ago

    A work of Art,beautiful.

  • * RoyAllenHunt *
    * RoyAllenHunt *almost 6 years ago

    Loved Nina Simone and love this drawing. Very well conceived.

  • bill bell
    bill bellover 4 years ago

    The picture is beautiful and the words for Mississippi Goddam are gold, thanks :)

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