Who Sang Work Song? Nina Simone

Nina Simone Forbidden Fruit cover art

Some other versions of "Work Song"
Credits
publisher: ©GOPAM ENTERPRISES INC
writers: Nathaniel Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr.
release date: 1961
genres: Jazz Funk / Soul Blues
styles: Soul-Jazz/Piedmont Blues
length: 2:36
producer: Cal Lampley
vocal: Nina Simone
piano: Nina Simone
guitar: Al Schackman
bass: Chris White
drums (drum set): Bobby Hamilton
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Because they done convicted me of crime
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I committed crime Lord I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
When they caught me robbing his store
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Workin' and workin'
Been
Workin' and slavin'
An'
Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Rags and Old Iron
  • 2 No Good Man
  • 3 Gin House Blues
  • 4 I'll Look Around
  • 5 I Love to Love
  • 6 Work Song
  • 7 Where Can I Go Without You
  • 8 Just Say I Love Him
  • 9 Memphis in June
  • 10 Forbidden Fruit

  • Album Information
    label: Colpix
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin