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Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
Traditional
Originally a Norvegian folk song.

Nina's version with Jaffa remix is in the soundtrack of Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ficarra, Requa, 2011). Listen on YouTube.

Recording sessions
1955: Philadelphia (US-PA)
with strings added
 
 
1956: Atlantic City (US-NJ) (demo)
 
 
1959 September 12: New York Town Hall
Black is the color of my true love's hair
His face so soft and wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the strongest hands
 
 
1964 April 4-6: New York
Black is the color of my true love's hair
His face so soft and wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the strongest hands
 
 
1969 October 4: Amherst (US-MA) UMass Bowker Auditorium
2007 [3:24] DVD 3 College Concerts and Interviews Andy Stroud (US)
 
 
1969 October 4: Amherst (US-MA) UMass Bowker Auditorium Emile Latimer
2007 [3:44] DVD 4 College Concerts and Interviews Andy Stroud (US)
 
 
1969 October 26: New York Philarmonic Hall vocal: Nina and Emile Latimer
Black is the color of my true love's hair
His face so soft and wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the strongest hands
I love the ground on where he stands
I love the ground on where he stands

Black is the color of my true love's hair

Oh I love my lover and well he knows
I love the ground on where he goes
And still I hope that the time will come
Oh I hope that the time will come
When he and I will be as one
When he and I will be as one

So black is the color of my true love's hair

(Sung by Emile Latimer)

Black is the color of my true love's hair
Black is the color of my love so fair

Black is her body so firm so bold
Black is her beauty her soul of gold

I carry my love in my heart
Every everywhere
And no matter where I go
She is always there

I remember how she came to me
In a vision of my mind
I remember how she said to me
Don't ever look behind
She said look ahead
And I would see someone always loving me

Her picture is painted in my memory
Without a color of despair
And no matter where I go
She is always there
 
 
1969 November 3: Roma (IT) Teatro Sistina
 
 
1983 July 30: Pompei (Napoli, IT) Jazz Festival
 
2000 April 13-14: São Paulo (BR) Via Funchal
 
Unknown recording session
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