#147 nina simone – don’t let me be misunderstood


i was listening to lil wayne’s “dontgetit” a few days ago when i was struck by the nina simone sample that featured so distinctly. while it was used as a deliberate foil for his commentary on racial prejudice, simone’s original touches on a more universal theme of human fallenness. it’s not so much a cry but a plead for acceptance (i’m just a soul whose intentions are good/ oh lord please don’t let me be misunderstood), and one that’s drawn out repeatedly in agony and anguish, but never in exasperation. the song never seems to make any headway through its entire duration, with simone’s questions remaining rhetorical and never resolved. and yet, although her efforts appear to be in vain, one is won over by the sheer persistence of her requests and the vulnerabilty of her soul laid bare.

mp3: nina simone – don’t let me be misunderstood

mp3: lil wayne – dontgetit

do pop by to how marvellous for a very neat and comprehensive look at the available versions of “don’t let me be misunderstood”.


4 responses to “#147 nina simone – don’t let me be misunderstood

  1. Good Grief! – I don’t think I’ve ever heard this before, can’t think why not. Know the animals & santa esmeralda ones very well, and have heard plenty of Nina Simone, just never this.


  2. great description…what a wonderful song to wake up to!

  3. Super post, really enjoyed both the songs and the description.

  4. thanks y’all!

    i’d never heard this before until i happened to wander to the end of the lil wayne album, and was so struck i kept that track on repeat.

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