Nina Simone - My Father Lyrics

Nina Simone Baltimore cover art
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My father always promised me
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

We lived in Ohio then
He worked in the mines
On his dreams like boats
We knew we would sail in time

All my sisters soon were gone
To Denver and Cheyenne
Marrying their grownup dreams
The lilacs and the man

I stayed behind the youngest still
Only danced alone
The colors of my father's dreams
Faded without a sound

And I live in Paris now
My children dance and dream
Hearing the ways of a miner's life
In words they've never seen

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father's eyes again

My father always promised us
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father's eyes again
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Baltimore
  • 2 Everything Must Change
  • 3 The Family
  • 4 My Father
  • 5 Music for Lovers
  • 6 Rich Girl
  • 7 That's All I Want From You
  • 8 Forget
  • 9 Balm in Gilead
  • 10 If You Pray Right


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Judy Collins
    album: Track 4 in album Baltimore
    release date: 1978
    popularity : 91 users have visited this page.
    genres: Jazz Rock Reggae Funk / Soul Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Soul-Jazz/Reggae/Smooth Jazz/Soul/Soft Rock/Gospel/Ballad
    length: 4:57
    drums: Jimmy Madison
    electric bass guitar: Gary King
    composer: Judy Collins
    lyricist: Judy Collins
    Album Information
    label: CTI
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin