My Father Lyrics

Nina Simone


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Judy Collins
album: Track 4 in album Baltimore
release date: 1978
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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

Cover Art

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