Simone, Nina - Work Song Lyrics



Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Because they done convicted me of crime
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I commited crime Lord I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
When they caught me robbing his store
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Workin' and workin'
Been
Workin' and slavin'
An'
Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go




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Simone, Nina Work Song Comments
  1. Blue Sky 777

    Does anyone know if this is a studio Band or who they are ? They are also fantastic .

  2. Mono Ped

    written by sam cooke? the author is nathaniel adderley.

  3. mukazo74

    Composers, Music by Nat Adderley and Lyric by Oscar Brown Jr.

  4. Christian Neveu

    Sublimeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  5. Ava Lewis

    Just cried,Nina Simone soothes my soul

  6. AndrewFx

    who here cuz of glokknine, bet none

  7. Marius Marin

    I am romanian and I am here because of the 13th amendment and yeah I am a black romanian

  8. DoH PE

    Did Nina write it?

  9. David Raven

    stupid stupid stupid idea. he's crazy.. are you?

  10. Князев инженер

    Cannonball adderley brough me here

    Россия Свещенная

    Ти русский

    Князев инженер

    @Россия Свещенная Да

  11. Mytoys BR

    Spot The Difference

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  12. Jessyka Oliveira

    Yoo 13th!

  13. Jake the snake

    I'm here from glokknine

  14. Sameer Athreya

    Who came here after hearing Liam O'Maonlai's version??

  15. Daniel Lima7

    Amazing

  16. Kinta Atsawakul

    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Breaking rocks and serving my time
    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Because they done convicted me of crime
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well, reckon that ought to get it
    Been working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    I committed crime Lord I needed
    Crime of being hungry and poor
    I left the grocery store man breathing
    When they caught me robbing his store
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well, reckon that ought to get it
    Been working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    I heard the judge say five years
    On chain-gang you gonna go
    I heard the judge say five years labor
    I heard my old man scream Lordy, no!
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well, reckon that ought to get it
    Been working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    Gonna see my sweet honey bee
    Gonna break this chain off to run
    I'm gonna lay down somewhere shady
    Lord, I sure am hot in the sun
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well, reckon that ought to get it
    Been workin' and workin'
    Been workin' and slavin'
    An' workin' and workin'
    But I still got so terribly far to go

  17. Nicoletta Gualdi

    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Breaking rocks and serving my time
    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Because they done convicted me of crime

    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    I commited crime Lord, I needed
    Crime of being hungry and poor
    I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
    When they caught me robbing his store
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    I heard the judge say five years
    On chain-gang you gonna go
    I heard the judge say five years labor
    I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    Gonna see my sweet honey bee
    Gonna break this chain off to run
    Gonna lay down somewhere shady
    Lord I sure am hot in the sun
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been working and working
    Been working and slaving
    And working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

  18. Milli Melodies

    Glokknine brought me here #chaingang

  19. Jemika Soledad-Tecson

    13th :)

  20. BEEYUNG123

    Glokknine 🗡

  21. Ecstasy

    YungLando the GOAT

  22. Profound

    Styles P

  23. keepondrinkin2

    Here 'cause of Pretty Lights

  24. Laureen Mork

    Escucha "Work Song"

    "Work Song"

    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Breaking rocks and serving my time
    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Because they done convicted me of crime
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    I commited crime Lord I needed
    Crime of being hungry and poor
    I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
    When they caught me robbing his store
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    I heard the judge say five years
    On chain-gang you gonna go
    I heard the judge say five years labor
    I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    Gonna see my sweet honey bee
    Gonna break this chain off to run
    Gonna lay down somewhere shady
    Lord I sure am hot in the sun
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well reckon that ought to get it
    Been
    Workin' and workin'
    Been
    Workin' and slavin'
    An'
    Workin' and workin'
    But I still got so terribly far to go

  25. Matt Radican

    RELEASED 1966

  26. Mac McG

    im here because i love Nina Simone.

  27. Eunice Hyun

    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Breaking rocks and serving my time
    Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
    Because they done convicted me of crime
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    I commited crime Lord, I needed
    Crime of being hungry and poor
    I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
    When they caught me robbing his store
    Hold it steady right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    I heard the judge say five years
    On chain-gang you gonna go
    I heard the judge say five years labor
    I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been Working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go
    Gonna see my sweet honey bee
    Gonna break this chain off to run
    Gonna lay down somewhere shady
    Lord I sure am hot in the sun
    Hold it right there while I hit it
    Well I reckon that ought to get it
    Been working and working
    Been working and slaving
    And working and working
    But I still got so terribly far to go

    NiceOrion

    Thank you, from Brasil.

    Grazyna Grabowska

    Thank you from Poland

    Nova

    Thank you, from Earth

  28. Alice Chadegani

    This song's is one of my favorite. Everything Nina Simone song is stellar. God bless you Ms Nina Simone, you'll never be forgotten. R.I.P. You beautiful woman.

    Россия Свещенная

    Привет

  29. Anthony Hillwright

    I'm here as well from 13th.. !!

  30. Alexkid Fuller

    Happy birthday

  31. Mbongeni Quntana

    13th also got me here our history is painful as black men whenever you see these kind of movies I feel like killing every caucasian i meet swear to God

  32. Mathew Janjanin

    that's I found out about it

  33. Grace Hampton

    ive been singing this song since i was like 5 and its been a while since i actually heard her sing it and it really brought back alot of memories😌

  34. Delilah Johnson

    The movie 13th is the best :)

  35. Roman Tmetuchl

    13th brought me here

  36. DaydreamerWonderland

    I'm here because of 13th

    wrestlingbuff87

    As soon as I heard it, I knew only Nina Simone would be the voice.

    Logan Reynolds

    Exactly.

  37. philip bangura

    Nina Simone is one of the greatest of all time.

  38. Yellow Hedgehog

    so sexy. just so sexy.

    xNyotta

    How on earth is this sexy... She's talking about stealing food to survive hunger, because she was poor... You're strange.

    Blu Plays

    Ana Lu Depends on what he's talking about don't assume so quick.

    xNyotta

    @Blue MC it doesnt depend on anything, 'cause this isn't the place to say something like "so sexy". It's just disrespectful.

    Cvalda

    this is a song about freedom from slavery, not the place for comments like "so sexy" js

    ClayMation

    Can't somebody sing about stealing food to survive in a sexy manner? You're being ridiculous. Rap music talks about struggles in the streets of inner cities and yet girls shake their asses to it non-stop.

  39. Mitchie N

    Big Nina Simone fan! Check out my cover of this song :)https://soundcloud.com/mitchie_mash/work-song-chain-gang-cover

  40. WoodyinNYC

    MrsKalehpache. What does this line mean, "Well I reckon that ought to get it?"

    Reckon means count or calculate, reach a conclusion, (When the world ends, God will make a reckoning!)

    "Well, I think that should take care of it." (That should be enough.)

    Yellow Hedgehog

    Oh thank you!! i didn't quite get that line 😄

  41. Steneste Lee

    Perfect

  42. ColtraneAndRain

    Never gets old! ❤️❤️❤️

  43. Charmaine Demus

    Love this song

  44. MrsKalehpache

    I love Nina SImones version, its more political, and talks to the heart. What does this line mean " Well I reckon that ought to get it?"

    Top5NoQuestions

    MrsKalehpache Just another way of saying "well I'm sure that'll do it"

    Marta Bagnoli

    People used to have to break rocks with pickaxes on chain gangs; I always imagined she was talking as if she had just hit a rock and was saying that that blow should be enough to split it.

  45. CJ Uriarte

    Bert Jansch, Paul Simon and countless others throw this into their arrangements of Davy Graham's "Anji" with ultimate success. Love this melody.

  46. Philip Crawford

    thank you Spotify for bringing this angels voice into my world

  47. DYNODRUM

    YES, Great Singer ! check out Esther Phillips and Irene Reid. . From this era Also.. Absolutely .

  48. gynae66

    I am mexican, but the black people it´s "my people" in many ways. Since my childhood I feel I was a black woman in 1920´s in Chicago...but I never been in these city. Maybe in other life.

    Braede Myers

    Nigga what?

    Zoila Daneri

    I am a white in Callao Perú, but my uncle was one black men in Birmingham Alabama, He told me about the prison there in the 50's and he told me that for the whites there being in the prison was like being in hell, he said there were times when the blacks beat the white people there.

    Victoria Candia

    All indigenous “Latinos” are actually related to so called negroes by blood and ancestry.

  49. EVELYN HART

    I have been playing this song over and over for the last month.. years ago i heard Oscar Brown sing this in the 60s I have wanted to hear it every scince I love the meaning also the jazz music..

  50. EVELYN HART

    We've come a long way. but we but we still have a long way to go....

    Shouyo Hinata

    True, we'll hopefully get there one day but for now, we gotta survive today, right?

  51. beth moxham

    this signafies breaking from slavery. you have to remember that when you listen to the song. :

  52. hremdldw

    MAJORSNODGRASS:Oscar Brown Jr.listen too his version on YOUTUBE.

  53. MAJORSNODGRASS

    Who wrote the lyrics? Was it John Hendricks.

  54. noutubeusrnames

    This song is F$cking awesome it gave me chills!!!! THANX THANX THANX

  55. beauroge

    music by Nat Adderley (bros of Cannonball)

  56. ericcca

    fuckin crak! love it!

  57. Ivan Bion

    Nina, I love you!!!

  58. Antonis Mitropoulos

    this song is not awesome. awsome cant describe adequately the greatness of this song.. Scales above everything contemporary...

  59. Julia

    great song

  60. Cecilia Caleandro

    I like this song and i'll comment then, although i only know this song cos its one of the choices on the VCE contemporary vocal list. Still a good song though!

  61. Orlando Barrón G.

    one word: AWESOME!