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Four Women
1965 Nina Simone
I am emphatically against the injustices of black people, of third world people. "Four Women" came to me after conversations I had with black women. It seemed we were all suffering from self-hatred. We hated our complexions, our hair, our bodies. I realized we had been brainwashed into feeling this way about ourselves by some black men and many white people. I tried to speak to this in the song. And do you know, some black radio stations wouldn't play it? It is true what they say: the truth hurts.
-Nina Simone I Got Thunder

In the soundtrack of Black Music in America: From Then Till Now (Robertson, 1971) and For Colored Girls (Perry, 2010).

Recording sessions
1965 September 30-October 1: New York
My skin is black my arms are long
My hair is whooly my back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
1965 December 25: Loenersloot (NL) Mickery Theater
2008 [5:23] DVD 2 Live in '65 & '68 Reelin' in the Years 2.119014 (US)
1967 July 1: Newport (US-RI) 13th Jazz Festival
1969 April: Paris (FR) Olympia
1969 April 26: Berkeley (US-CA) 3th Annual UC Jazz Festival
Four women.

We've done this song many times for you, so we don't have to explain Aunt Sarah too much to you, except to tell you that she's still going to work every morning about 7:30, walking in the streets of Harlem.
1969 July 27-28: Antibes (FR) 10th Jazz á Juan Festival
1969 August 17: New York - Harlem Cultural Festival
2005 [4:34] DVD 6 The Soul of RCA/Legacy 82876 71973 2 (US)
1977 July 19: Antibes (FR) 19th Jazz á Juan Festival
1977 December 4: London (UK) Theatre Royal Drury Lane
1985: USA Theatre tour
Four women

My skin is black my arms are long
My hair is woolly and my back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
That's been inflicted again and again
What do they call me
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 Safronia

My skin is tan tan my hair is alright it's fine
My hips invite you daddy and my mouth is like wine
Whose little girl am I
Well yours if you have some money to buy
Well what do they call me
They call me Sweet Thing
They call me Sweet Thing

My skin is brown and my manner is tough
I'll kill the first mother I see
Cos my life has been too rough
I'm awfully bitter these days
Because my parents were slaves
What do they call me
They call me Peaches

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
1987: Hollywood (US-CA) Vine Street Bar and Grill
This is called "Four Women"

My skin is black
1990 July 13: Montreux (CH) 24th Jazz Festival
1992 May 13-16: Pointe-à-Pitre (GLP) Musiques créoles
Unknown recording session
2008 [4:10] MP3 10 Protest Anthology Stroud (US)