Going For A Song: ’22nd Century’

Nina Simone – 22nd Century

To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago – Michel de Montaigne

Nina Simone didn’t live – nor did she expect to – to see the twenty-second century. I don’t think it concerned her. I won’t live to see it either and I’m ok with that as well. Her song ‘22nd Century’ sounds improvised. Over a few acoustic guitar chords, scattered percussion, Nina Simone takes us from the twenty-second century, to the twenty-first, to the twentieth (”the dawn”). She uses the verses to sing a list of tragedies, progressions, achievements and failures; and the chorus to always remind us, from her position of authority, how fast they all appear and then disappear to history:

Tomorrow will be the 22nd Century, believe me. It will be. It will be. It will be.

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