top of page

Sinnerman - Nina Simone

This classic track says, whatever you do, you will get what you deserve - the words talk of the Lord but the music, the explosive piano, the quickstepping handclaps and the pizzicato timpani says your sins'll find you out in the end. And Nina's vocal though it may be harking back to the confessional spiritual church services of her youth is NOT forgiving, it's totally unforgiving, there's no salvation here, this is lay down and beg and maybe even get squashed by the power of the Lord.

But the music is saying she understands that's not the point. It's not the forgiving that counts, it's the wanting to be forgiven that's the important bit.

bottom of page