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Compensation
1968 Nina Simone, Paul Lawrence Dunbar
This is a piece written by poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906, first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet) and set to music by Nina Simone. Also known as "Compassion".

Also see the medley:
Compensation / My Father

Recording sessions
1968 September 16-October 1: New York RCA Studios
Because I have loved so deeply
Because I haved loved so long
God in his great compassion
 
 
1969 April: Paris (FR) Olympia
Because I have loved so deeply
Because I haved loved so long
God in his great compassion
Gave me the gift old song

Because I have loved so vainly
And sung with such faltering breath
The Master in His infinite mercy
Offers the boon of death

Because I have loved so deeply
Because I haved loved so long
God in his great compassion
Gave me the gift old song

Because I have loved so vainly
And sung with such faltering breath
The Master in His infinite mercy
Offers the boon of death