Pirate Jenny

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Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone /ˈniːnə sɨˈmoʊn/, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while wo… more »

You people can watch while I'm scrubbing these floors 
And I'm scrubbin' the floors while you're gawking  Maybe once ya tip me and it makes ya feel swell 
In this crummy Southern town
In this crummy old hotel 
But you'll never guess to who you're talkin'. 
No. You couldn't ever guess to who you're talkin'.

Then one night there's a scream in the night 
And you'll wonder who could that have been
And you see me kinda grinnin' while I'm scrubbin'
And you say, "What's she got to grin?"
I'll tell you.

There's a ship
The Black Freighter
With a skull on its masthead 
Will be coming in

You gentlemen can say, "Hey gal, finish them floors!
Get upstairs! What's wrong with you! Earn your keep here!
You toss me your tips
And look out to the ships 
But I'm counting your heads 
As I'm making the beds
Cuz there's nobody gonna sleep here, honey  Nobody 

Then one night there's a scream in the night 
And you say, "Who's that kicking up a row?"
And ya see me kinda starin' out the winda 
And you say, "What's she got to stare at now?"
I'll tell ya.

There's a ship
The Black Freighter
 Turns around in the harbor 
Shootin' guns from her bow

You gentlemen can wipe off that smile off your face
 Cause every building in town is a flat one
This whole frickin' place will be down to the ground 
Only this cheap hotel standing up safe and sound 
And you yell, "Why do they spare that one?"
That's what you say.
"Why do they spare that one?"

All the night through, through the noise and to-do
You wonder who is that person that lives up there?
And you see me stepping out in the morning 
 Looking nice with a ribbon in my hair

And the ship
The Black Freighter
Runs a flag up its masthead 
And a cheer rings the air

By noontime the dock
Is a-swarmin' with men
Comin' out from the ghostly freighter
They move in the shadows  Where no one can see
And they're chainin' up people 
And they're bringin' em to me
Askin' me,
"Kill them NOW, or LATER?"
Askin' ME!
"Kill them now, or later?"

Noon by the clock 
And so still by the dock
You can hear a foghorn miles away
And in that quiet of death 
I'll say, "Right now.
 Right now!"

Then they'll pile up the bodies 
And I'll say,
"That'll learn ya!"

And the ship
The Black Freighter
 Disappears out to sea

Written by: NINA SIMONE

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