Nina Simone - When I Was A Young Girl Lyrics




When I was a young girl I used to see pleasure
When I was a young girl I used to drink ale
Right out of the ale house and into the jail house
Right out of the bar room and down to my grave

Come mama come papa sit you beside me
Come mama come papa and pity my case
My poor heart is aching my heart it is breaking
My body salve-aided and I'm bound to die

Go send for the preacher to come and pray for me
Go send for the doctor to heal up my
My poor heart is aching my heart it is breaking
My body salve-aided and hell is my home

I want three young ladies to bear up my coffin
I want three young ladies to take me along
I want them to carry a bunch of wild roses
To put on my body as I pass along

One morning one morning in May
One morning one morning in May
I spy this young lady all clad in white linnen
All clad in white linnen cold as a clay

When I was a young girl I used to see pleasure
When I was a young girl I used to drink ale
Right out of the bar room
Right out of the ale house and into the jail house
Right out of the bar room down to my grave





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  1. Jon Trott

    Wasn't the original of this (this arrangement at least) from Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger & Trinity? I like this version a lot, but it is one of the rare moments Nina comes up a little short compared to someone else.

  2. Karmen Jazbec

    i was born in may

  3. Karmen Jazbec

    bravo nina

  4. John Jonnysonship

    Excellent. Love it.

  5. Joe Hesketh

    This is"the" definitive version of this song. What LP/EP/Collection is it from?

    Harold Cooper

    'Nina Simone Live In Europe' according to the description

  6. alex greene

    the big three are the original singers

  7. darkdrumhead

    I was looking for this original, came from Marlon Williams cover...

  8. Charles

    Thank you @youblocks to share that, for we don't have the possibility to have access to it. And for musicians, this is gold. Thank you 1000 times! Cheers.

  9. Anita Cairns

    Wow. Thanks youblocks. This is supreme.

  10. Abdullah Balcilar

    Love this one so much! thanks for sharing

  11. Alistair McHarg

    mind boggling - what a voice

  12. Damselfred

    My mother had this record. It got me hooked to Nina Simone's voice. Thanks so much for uploading this song that is my favorite by her.

  13. 60okka

    thank you bless you this version was unknown to me you are great

  14. Stagiaire1987

    Thank you, have been looking for this song longtime too

  15. thujagirl

    thank you for posting!

  16. crystal fergusson

    thank you for posting my favorite Miss Nina song!!!!!

  17. crazycw1

    This gives me chills. Simply amazing.

  18. Anthony Maiorana

    Amazing