Simone, Nina - Four Women Lyrics



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




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  1. MJ Mo3

    Composed beautifully, speechless 🎷🎺🎙️🎹

  2. Mann Stanford

    💯💯I Love My Black Sisters 4eva💪🏾🤙🏾🙌🏽🙌🏽

  3. Chantells Bastie

    Superbe

  4. Afablesotrue

    Peaches Nisker 🍑

  5. dan barnor

    Some of u whites need to fuck off. U always think you can relate to us africans. You haven’t been through anything that even enflicts pain on you. Don’t ever compare us to you, As we never compare ourselves to you.

  6. Shadow Play in the Woods

    Nina wrote this song for BLACK AMERICAN women who are descendants of enslaved Africans. This song was not written for all black women in mind. This song was specifically written for the Black American woman's experience. I normally don't credit Wikipedia but even Wikipedia will tell you this.

  7. Donna Brazeal

    Phenomenal talent who touches my heart and soul!

  8. benson bibi

    ...a fusion of underground hiphop with an eerie blues. At this time you don't listen with ur ears, u listen with ur mind and soul. Simple, poetic and deep.

  9. Edouble Douglas

    Powerful and chilling to the soul, truthful and vocally gifted legend of our time....2019 and beyond.

  10. Morrison's Kitchen

    Who is listening 22 December 2919. It's my first time listening to this track 🔥🔥🔥

  11. Ginero Rosano

    wish there were strong women like this nowadays 2019

  12. Jalisa Barnes

    This is my song i love her

  13. miles

    Woolley

  14. Stephanie Stevens

    It's quite interesting to see how people who aren't African American/Black African claim that this song relates to "every woman" when actually during her life Nina Simone went up against many obstacles due to being a dark skinned African American woman to tell the truth about her life and experiences through music, she had to fight to be rightfully paid, she was even denied an opportunity to study music at university because of her dark skin, even though evidently she was a musical genius and she wasn't appreciated by the "mainstream" until AFTER her death, now people want to claim that she wrote for everything and everybody. Of course music is universal but Nina wrote, played and sang about HER experiences from her perspective being a dark skinned African American woman living in America during that time. Stop trying to rewrite and repurpose her music because you need to somehow feel included and you can't deal with the fact that she experienced racism and a specific type of racism because of her dark skin. This need to be in denial and rewrite things so you feel comfortable listening to a song that is actually talking about something very serious and specific to African American women is just getting ridiculous now, instead of trying to make it about you, try to listen to someone else's experiences for once.

    Oni

    Exactly. People don't understand that they don't have to try and relate to everything.

  15. tjtank20

    0:50

    0:54

  16. Theodore Coleman

    For colored girls bought me here. I luv that movie....

  17. Theodore Coleman

    Powerful song...

  18. Jude Jean

    Beautiful song.

  19. Efl 889

    Ok Boomer

    Shadow Play in the Woods

    Damn y'all know how to take something and ruin it. Now the "ok boomer" reaponse is phucking lame.

  20. Juan Negro

    🔥 FLAMES.....

  21. naomi tay

    The meaning of this song have to many levels ,respect for this singe love it .

  22. Tatiana

    I have to do a dance for this I’m the second woman

  23. Adrienne Woodfork

    They call me Sugar! 🔥🔥✊🏾

  24. Toni Capone

    The first time I heard this song, earlier this year, that last verse completely had me shook. I had to pull over. Goosebumps all over my body. Such a powerful last verse.

  25. MYNAMEIS

    53 ppl that disliked are all fuckwits

  26. Asavela Mapekula

    The love I have for my Sisters 😢🙏❤️

  27. jen nifer

    wait and listen for my songs...depth and substance and conscience i was always told as a child i look like nina simone and act like her...especially my lips and sassyness...ps my sing isnt the best of me but my deliverance and writing skills are..... debut song #metoo taking it higher and hitting it lower where it reaches your SOUL much love queenvip

  28. dynamic

    Timeless and a masterpiece.Talib Kweli song Four Women is epic too.Jay Z life of OJ is inspiring too.

  29. Imane Ammar

    Lyrics:
    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

    Aja Graham

    Thank you!!!

  30. MR Epikly

    1966 to 2019

  31. ii Marquise ii ii Marquise ii

    Damn Nina was right on time and ahead of her time at the same damn time. Love this woman.

  32. 凍結數據

    Drug dealin' aside, ghostwritin' aside.
    Let's have a heart-to- heart about your pride.

  33. Tee Dot

    On the train crying, she was n still is soo ever powerful may her voice 4ever live.💞🌬

  34. Atte Pirttiaho

    DRUG DEALING ASIDE, GHOSTWRITING ASIDE

  35. Celia Crecy

    Story telling

  36. Temima Tribe of Judah

    I love this woman so much! Beautiful in and out! 🖤👑🎵🎶

  37. kesha hudson

    Iyanla brought me here💃🏿thankyou

  38. Etcher

    No I.D's superb production on The Story of O.J. brought me here to this beautiful song.

  39. Sherida Wars

    What do they call me

  40. Adriël.

    still nigga

    JR Edwards

    Not a bit of class, self-identification isn't a compelling reason for you to apply it to others.

  41. Ezequiel Marquez

    "What's your favorite fruit?"
    People: "oranges"... "Apples" "bananas"
    Nina Simone: 4:12

    Quantay Knox

    🤤 GRAPE'S 🚶

  42. Tasha Harris

    Her voice is almost paralyzing

  43. Dbz Fan

    I like to think the following:

    "Four Women" = Story of African American Women

    "The Story of OJ" = Story of African American Men

    J-Lock

    The story of adonis the story of a black father figure who questions his skin colour and doesn’t properly care for his child

    Rj Boomboy

    @J-Lock *of adidon

    Rj Boomboy

    @J-Lock jus gotta do it ya know? 😂😂😂

    River Girl

    African woman too

    Shadow Play in the Woods

    @River Girl No, African AMERICAN women who are descendants of enslaved Africans. You will NOT co-opt this. We are NOT the same and that is ok.

  44. Ma'aT X

    Wen i come back again i wanna be a black woman. The mother civilization , the blueprint, and frum all beauty standards are compared to....

  45. KamOTE

    👁️👁️‍🗨️👁️

  46. Wadjet

    *this song makes me emotional😯*

  47. John Benavides

    Who is here from Genius?

  48. Kendrem

    I literally have never gotten goosebumps listening to anything else

  49. Bonita Chellel

    This song always brings me to tears.😭

  50. ShyGirl Gamer

    My new favorite song 🍑

  51. VEGAN ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTVIST marley

    This is written for All Black Women - also at sometime or another - All We Women are All of these Four Women ! thank you Nina.

  52. Kris Rigg

    Im not black im OJ

  53. Jessi _ Robin

    😭😭😭 like we will never ever get another artist / song writer / Genius/ GODDESS like this ever again 😭😭😭💔💔💔💔

  54. Derrick Langford

    My name is Peaches 😆😆 and every Peaches I've ever known, been a mothafucka.

    Wadjet

    👕
    👖
    👟 *laughing my f-ing head off!😄*

  55. jen nifer

    1966---my birth--my story--living the lyrics....somewhere in oklahoma

  56. jen nifer

    my hair is woolly...my back is strong...strong enough to take the pain...inflicted again...and again!

  57. whatever man

    Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
    Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
    Still nigga, still nigga
    I like that second one
    Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
    Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
    Still nigga, still nigga

  58. Tameka Moses

    Watched For Colored Girls...this song was the ending.

  59. Mary Fletcher

    Who else came here as a result of Story of OJ?

  60. WREMBEL Roger

    Magnifique !

  61. Tryphena Eady

    Very nice!😁😎

  62. Jed

    Beautiful just beautiful 💯

  63. frechieguy

    I won't lie, I had no idea who Nina Simone was until I heard that Behr paint commercial where they completely misused her song "Color is a Beautiful Thing" and I wanted to find out who was singing. I've since fell in love with her work. She had such a powerful, commanding voice that was perfect for the powerful messages she was trying to send.

  64. Mason Abney

    A few lyrics from this song were stuck in my head for years and at first I was happy I found it, but this song is so thoroughly real and depressing I think I could have gone without it.

  65. Terence Jones

    Nina had me open since the first day I heard her 1987..Thanks Brother Black!😎😎😎😎😎

  66. Jamir Tuten

    Our historical culture in song...

  67. Dylan Groves

    Nina Simone is one of the most incredible people who has ever lived. (Edit: I realize that perhaps I should have said "was" but truthfully, I feel like she is eternal.)

    Juiliet Pritchard

    Katy Groves....absolutely

  68. Robert Vincent

    It feels so good to be black, powerful songs like these resonates throughout my soul...the struggle my people have been through is unfathomable to anyone outside of our race...but when I look around today and see how brainwashed my brothers and sisters have become....it hurts...it really does....that just lets me know that the "devil" has got our people right where he wants us.....but when enough is enough, all hell is going to break loose!!!

  69. slxmped.hector

    Drug dealing aside, ghost writing aside

  70. Toni Capone

    The last woman’s name is Peaches. All along I thought she gave some African name “Pitiching” or something.

  71. Blaise Etoa

    who is still listening it in 2019? we are living horible moment in our country because of our president Paul Biya. such a deep soul song lemme see that the afro evil is older than we tought

    syndi301

    They play her music in a lot of movies and commercials

    Hope to The moon

    Americans got Donald Trump I'm starting to believe the entire world is on fire

    Morrison's Kitchen

    22 December 2019 listening

  72. Maswegho Chris

    Can we ever have such quality????

  73. Paymon Bidari

    She's a world apart from others. Unique. Talented and oh so magnetic.

  74. Sam Roble

    This isn’t even music. She’s just talking

    Eric Maigwa

    What is music?


    1. Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotional or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.


    This, Sir Bruh my booty hurts Lol, is music...and a good one at that.

    Sam Roble

    Eric Maigwa look I know the importance of this “song”, but it’s ass if we’re talking about music

    Eric Maigwa

    And that's the beauty of music... subjectivity

    trmqs

    She's singing and there are instruments being played
    This couldn't be more a of a song if it tried

    Aaliyah Douglass

    It's song dumbass stop trying to be smart

  75. Chalk Balloon

    There's something eerie and unsettling about the sound of this tune, even in Jay-Z's sampling of it

    Gregory Wiederecht

    Like, her song Mississippi Goddam is structured like a show tune, but there's just something about it that is off, making it perfect for the subject matter

    Philip Roa

    @Gregory Wiederecht This is the blues, but in jazz form.

    joey ramone

    Na there’s nothing unsettling about it

    Jay_Iron_Vade r

    Chalk Balloon No

    MJ Mo3

    Agree composed very carefully but beautifully

  76. gol keeper

    vogliamo dire che questa musica e"pallosa? si diciamolo.la verita"rende liberi'magari antipatici e criticati ma liberi

    alma hernandez

    Sei tu música también, si tú la sientes, sei tu música.

  77. Desierto's Cacti

    What a performance, it gives me chills every time! That voice, legendary Nina!

  78. Flou

    The story of OJ

  79. Alpha Omega

    Prodigy - Stronger

  80. JoAnn Brannon

    Got to listen again but she was a powerhouse.her songs touched on black issues then and now.i give credit to new artist leah jenae for her new spin on nina song gold ring.

  81. Lil Young

    Which one of these four women are you?

    NaturallyKoily Kuteness

    Peaches and Aunt Sara.

  82. Cyber Space

    i feel like crying

  83. Physyria St. Louis

    Bruh the ending with peaches brought me to tears . 😭

  84. Ollie Goat

    I showed this my grandma and she said she used to smoke weed with nina biggie smalls and tupac

  85. Luciana Freire

    ❤❤❤❤

  86. Gibb3x x3

    Light Nigga, Dark Nigga.........

  87. akbar ferguson

    I am mesmerized

  88. Rosebud

    May God bless this extraordinary GENIUS clearly indicating the human suffering of some women and the overcoming of some others.

  89. Bianca Underwood

    Listen to the talib kweli version of this song. I’m not black but I still feel this and that song hard. Brings tears to my eyes. Cant imagine how it would hit me if I was a black woman.

    Osirus Anderson

    Prodigy got a good version too called "Stronger"

  90. Naturally a Platinum Blonde

    My only wish is that I could have seen her live...I would have been fulfilled 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    kahnas

    I saw her in the mid 60s and she was amazing

    DesertFish

    She came to a High School in my city when I was in High School 1970- it was almost a private concert- we only knew about it through the High Schools- the gymnasium was set up with folding chairs - I sat right in front by her piano, in folding chairs they set up - It was most unforgettable experience and so moving I cried -so intimate, She was just amazing. I'm so grateful I had that privilege. I went to Malcolm Shabazz High but the concert was at West High School Madison, WI - Anybody out there- that was there!??

  91. Hakeem Mohammmed

    STORY OF OJ Jay-Z brought me here!

    Maswegho Chris

    Try looking for Talib Kweli - 4 women. He kept it original

  92. Gus

    I showed this to my grandma















    She burnt to death bc this is fire

  93. CHINERA MARIE

    How did you make this one? What inspired you

  94. Grand Wiz

    White folks act like blacs are sooo dangerous /evil but den wat do u call slavery n segregation

    Mathew walentowicz

    Grand Wiz you talk so much bullshit

    JR Edwards

    That's exactly what Grand Wiz is referencing- "so much BS" of slavery and segregation that were perpetrated by quintessential BSers.