SINNER MAN

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SINNER MAN
Sinner Man” or “Sinnerman” is an American traditional spiritual song that has been
recorded by a number of performers. The song dates to the turn of the 20th century
but most modern recorded versions derive from 1959 changes and additions codified by the
folk music group the Weavers. “Sinnerman” (spelled as one word) is one of Nina
Simone‘s most famous songs and she recorded her definitive 10-minute plus version on
her 1965 album Pastel Blues. Simone learned the lyrics of this song in her childhood
when it was used at revival meetings by her mother, (a Methodist minister) to help people
confess their sins. “Sinner Man” has also been recorded as a reggae song several times by
the Wailers, featuring Peter Tosh‘s singing. It was first recorded by the group at Studio
One in Kingston, Jamaica in early 1966 while Bob Marley was in the United States. Peter
Tosh and Bunny Wailer shared lead vocals.
Oh, sinner man, where you gonna run to?
Oh, sinner man, where you gonna run to?
Oh, sinner man, where you gonna run to?
Oh, sinner man, where you gonna run to all on that day?
Run to the moon, “Moon won’t you hide me?”
Run to the sea, “Sea won’t you hide me?”
Run to the sun, “Sun won’t you hide me all on that day?”
Lord says, “Sinner man, the moon’ll be a bleeding.”
Lord says, “Sinner man, the sea’ll be a sinking.”
Lord says, “Sinner man, the sun’ll be a freezin’ all on that day!”
Run to the Lord, “Lord won’t you hide me?”
Run to the Lord, “Lord won’t you hide me?”
Run, run, “Lord won’t you hide me all on that day?”
Lord says “Sinner man, you should’ve been a praying.”
Lord says “Sinner man, you should’ve been a praying.”
Lord says “Sinner man, you should’ve been a praying all on that day.”