Nina Simone

Four Women

Four Black women, all with vastly different life stories, converge in this Nina Simone tour-de-force. They have more in common than the experiences they indiviually possess and Simone's performance is true to that spirit. It was written and recorded for the 1966 album, 'Wild is the Wind'. Thalami Davis of The Village Voice has called the song "an instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery, that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become."

My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is woolly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
inflicted again and again
What do they call me
My name is AUNT SARAH
My name is Aunt Sarah

My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me
My name is SAFFRONIA
My name is Saffronia

My skin is tan
My hair is fine
My hips invite you
my mouth like wine
Whose little girl am I?
Anyone who has money to buy
What do they call me
My name is SWEET THING
My name is Sweet Thing

My skin is brown
my manner is tough
I'll kill the first mother I see
my life has been too rough
I'm awfully bitter these days
because my parents were slaves
What do they call me
My name is PEACHES