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Backlash Blues
1966 Langston Hughes, Nina Simone
Recording sessions
1966 October 19 - 1967 January 5: New York RCA Manhattan B
Mr. Backlash Backlash
Just who do think I am
You raise my taxes, freeze my wages
1967 July 1: Newport (US-RI) 13th Jazz Festival
1968 April 7: Westbury (US-NY) Music Fair
Didn't she do it Alright... Hope you got that on that tape

Yeah yeah so Mr. Backlash Backlash
remix 2005
2006 [3:32] CD 2 Forever Young, Gifted & Black RCA Victor (US)
1968 June: London (UK) Granada TV
1968 June 16: Montreux (CH) 2nd Jazz Festival
1969 April: München (DE) TV show
1969 April: Paris (FR) Olympia
1969 April 26: Berkeley (US-CA) 3th Annual UC Jazz Festival
1969 August 17: New York - Harlem Cultural Festival
1976 July 3: Montreux (CH) 10th Jazz Festival
1985: USA Theatre tour
Mr Backlash Mr Backlash
Who you think I am
You raise my taxes and freeze my wages
Send my son to Vietnam

You give me second class houses
Second class schools
Do you think that all colored people
Are just second class fools

Mr Backlash
I'm gonna leave you with the blues

When I try to find a job
To earn a little cash
All you got to offer
Is your mean ol' white backlash

But the world is big
Big and bright and round
And it's full of other folks like me
Who are black yellow beige and brown

Mr Backlash
I'm gonna leave you with the blues yes I am

When Langston Hughes died he told me
Many months before he said
Nina keep on working
Till they open up the door

One of these days when they open it
And the doors are open wide
Make sure you tell them where it's at
So they'll have no place to hide

So I'm telling you
I'm warning you telling you now
Somehow someway yeah
I'm gonna leave you with the blues

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
1988 May 6: Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
Unknown recording session
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