Archive | Oct 09, 2018

Certain Songs #1338: Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddamn”

Album: Nina Simone in Concert
Year: 1964

One of the earliest and most enduring of Civil Rights anthems, Nina Simone composed “Mississippi Goddamn” in an hour as a response to the murder of activist Medgar Evans, and in a weird way, it was her Colin Kapernick moment: shit that had no doubt been bugging her her whole life had piled up so much, she couldn’t keep quiet about it anymore, damn the consequences.

And sure enough, it was banned in the very South that had spurred the writing of it in the first place. Ostensibly for the word “goddamn” in the title, but she could have called it “Mississippi Goldurn” and they would have figured out a reason not to play it.