Song of the Day #3,818: ‘Ain’t Got No, I Got Life’ – Nina Simone

My father recently sent me a link to today’s SOTD accompanied by a single statment: “for your consideration.” Well, I can’t say no to my dad!

I replied that, given Ms. Simone’s stature and the almost complete absence of her songs on my blog, a theme week might be in order. He agreed, and promptly fired off four more potential song choices.

One of those was his favorite, ‘Feeling Good,’ which was written about here by guest blogger Madison as the accompaniment to a scene from the show Legion.

I will highlight the other three this week, along with one Simone pick of my own. It’s about time this legend got her due.

I ain’t got no home, ain’t got no shoes
Ain’t got no money, ain’t got no class
Ain’t got no skirts, ain’t got no sweater
Ain’t got no perfume, ain’t got no bed
Ain’t got no man

Ain’t got no mother, ain’t got no culture
Ain’t got no friends, ain’t got no schoolin’
Ain’t got no love, ain’t got no name
Ain’t got no ticket, ain’t got no token
Ain’t got no god

Hey, what have I got?
Why am I alive, anyway?
Yeah, what have I got
Nobody can take away?

Got my hair, got my head
Got my brains, got my ears
Got my eyes, got my nose
Got my mouth, I got my smile
I got my tongue, got my chin
Got my neck, got my boobies
Got my heart, got my soul
Got my back, I got my sex

I got my arms, got my hands
Got my fingers, got my legs
Got my feet, got my toes
Got my liver, got my blood

I’ve got life, I’ve got my freedom
I’ve got life
I’ve got the life
And I’m going to keep it
I’ve got the life

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,818: ‘Ain’t Got No, I Got Life’ – Nina Simone

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve always loved “Feeling Good” (who doesn’t?), but don’t know anything else from Nina Simone. So, thank you Doug and Clay for shining a spotlight on some other songs from Simone.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I believe this song is from the musical Hair looking forward to this week as well!

  3. Doug Clifton says:

    I haven’t been able to consistently make a comment on the site itself. This is a great public service. Thanks for being so responsive.


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