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Sinnerman
Traditional
Also "Sinner Man", is an American traditional spiritual song, recorded by a number of performers and featured in several movies and commercial adverts. See this article in Wikipedia and the page on Songfacts.

In the soundtrack of Les Regrets (Kahn, 2009) and The Thomas Crown Affair (McTiernan, 1999, see the footage on YouTube).

Recording sessions
1961 April: New York Village Gate
 
 
1965 May 19-20: New York arr. Nina Simone
Oh Sinnerman where're you gonna run to
Sinnerman where're you gonna run to
Where're you gonna run to all on that day
Well I run to the rock please hide me
I run to the rock please hide me
I run to the rock please hide me Lord all on that day

But the rock cried out I can't hide you
The rock cried out I can't hide you
The rock cried out I ain't gonna hide you gal all on that day
I said rock what's the matter with you rock
Don't you see I need you rock
Lord Lord Lord all on that day

So I run to the river it was bleeding
I run to the sea it was bleeding
I run to the sea it was bleeding all on that day
So I run to the river it was boiling
I run to the I sea it was boiling
I run to the sea it was boiling all on that day

So I run to the Lord please hide me Lord
Don't You see me praying don't You see me down here praying
But the Lord said go to the devil
The Lord said go to the devil
He said go to the devil all on that day
So I ran to the devil he was waiting
I ran to the devil he was waiting
I ran to the devil he was waiting all on that day

I cried power power Lord power power lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Bring down power Lord bring down power Lord
Bring down power Lord bring down power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord

Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
Oh I ran to the river it was boiling
I ran to the sea it was boiling
I ran to the sea it was boiling all on that day
So I ran to the Lord I said Lord hide me
Please hide me please help me all on that day
He said child where were you when you ought to be praying
Said Lord dear Lord hear me praying Lord Lord
Hear me praying Lord Lord hear me praying all on that day
Sinnerman you ought to be praying
Ought to be praying sinnerman
Ought to be praying all on that day

I cried power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord power Lord
Go down power Lord go down power Lord bring down power Lord
Power power Lord power power Lord power power Lord

Wow wow power power Lord
Don't You know don't You know I need You Lord
Don't You know that I need You
Don't You know that I need You
Power power power Lord
 
 
1965 July 24-25: Antibes (FR) 6th Jazz á Juan Festival
 
1965: Washington (US-DC) Cellar Door
 
 
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