Who Sang Retribution? Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1961
Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop/Modal
length: 3:48
producer: Nat Hentoff
writer: Julian Priester, Abbey Lincoln

Verse 1
Never was a child
Living life since I was ten
Heard every story told
Been everywhere but in
And I ain’t disillusioned
Always knew confusions’ story

Verse 2
Don’t want no silver spoon
Ain’t asking for the moon
Give me nothing
Don’t want no favors done
Just let the retribution
Match the contribution, baby

Verse 3
No street that’s paved with gold
Don’t need no hand to hold
Hand me nothing
Don’t want no sad song sung
Just let the retribution
Match the contribution, baby

Instrumental break

Repeat Verse 2
Repeat Verse 3

Let the retribution
Match the contribution, baby


Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Straight Ahead
  • 2 When Malindy Sings
  • 3 In the Red
  • 4 Blue Monk
  • 5 Left Alone
  • 6 African Lady
  • 7 Retribution