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Nina Simone — Feeling Good
Album: Four Woman: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings
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8.6

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Total ratings: 2041









Released: 1965
Length: 2:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Birds flyin' high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me.
Yeah, it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, ooooooooh...
And I'm feelin' good.

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River runnin' free, you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me,
And I'm feelin' good

Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don't you know,
Butterflies all havin' fun, you know what I mean.
Sleep in peace when day is done: that's what I mean,
And this old world is a new world and a bold world for me...

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel:
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me
(scat)
And I'm feelin'... good.
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Every time I hear this lady I drop what I am doing and just listen
 rhlrstn wrote:
More Nina please!
 
I second that with Nina
More Nina please!
Oh Nina!!
PERFECT - an icon of a song, performance and arrangement. If this would be a benchmark not much left that would stand its ground beside this.

music can transport an aura of the perfoming artist, this is an example as is some of dylans best work - when listening there is more than just the music fading in the room and mind of the listener - there is also a almost physically imprint of the performer
straight 10 every day of the week. Gets me every time. Sung straight from the heart.
  SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Mrs Squiddly and I (at long last!) decided to get married in some style last year. 

She wafted down some elegant marble stairs in a Georgian house and onwards into a sunlit room full of our friends and family to stand by my side to this tune as we got married by a celebrant to a service written by ourselves.

Suffice to say. . . it now holds a very, very special place in my heart. 

{#Kiss}

 
fredriley wrote:

Well posh nuptials, Poach - sorry, Squiddly. This is a great song to get hitched to :)

 
Keeping my comment alive because. . . well. . . every time I hear this I am transported to that moment in time that is a highlight of my life. {#Meditate}
The Bassnectar remix (as used in the opening scene from Legion season 1, episode 6) is pretty good too.
This woman, wow!  Straight from the heart, even if it was a bit of a twisted heart (aren't they all?).
Going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, finally.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Love this tune.  My advice?  Play it at all major turning points.  It could be school complete and onward bound.  It could be marriage.  It could be divorce.  Hell it could be upon your death.  Each turning point in your life opens up new vista's.  It'd be good to have each such turning greeted with this tune, or something near like it wouldn't it?  

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Happening here right now...for the past year...hoping the 'good' part is coming soon.
Love this tune.  My advice?  Play it at all major turning points.  It could be school complete and onward bound.  It could be marriage.  It could be divorce.  Hell it could be upon your death.  Each turning point in your life opens up new vista's.  It'd be good to have each such turning greeted with this tune, or something near like it wouldn't it?  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
This song is so much bigger than life in so many ways, the Wall of Sound before we even knew what that really was, and despite what we know about her suffering on so many levels, there is always that moment of freedom from fear, loathing and sickness unto death and that all combines together in this beauty of performance, true to its mark, felt deeply, vibrating through my heart, heard by my ears and celebrated in my mind.   I love this song
Can't help but wonder if this one was played ironically. On this of all days "It's a new dawn it's a new day..." just makes me cringe. 
I know, most likely the playlist is just on auto-pilot and it's a coincidence.  
 BCarn wrote:

Bullshit. How can you compare the two?

 
Exactly.  {#Cheers}
 SeriousLee wrote:
A woman with soul beats a man with a guitar. Any day. {#Good-vibes}

 
Bullshit. How can you compare the two?
A woman with soul beats a man with a guitar. Any day. {#Good-vibes}
Great song (gowon an kiss the bride agin squiddley : )
I don't give out many 10s, but this is one of them
A godlike woman. All her songs.
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Mrs Squiddly and I (at long last!) decided to get married in some style last year. 

She wafted down some elegant marble stairs in a Georgian house and onwards into a sunlit room full of our friends and family to stand by my side to this tune as we got married by a celebrant to a service written by ourselves.

Suffice to say. . . it now holds a very, very special place in my heart. 

{#Kiss}

 
Well posh nuptials, Poach - sorry, Squiddly. This is a great song to get hitched to :)
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Bill I want to Dance.

 
{#Bananapiano}
Bill I want to Dance.
Love this woman!
 scrubbrush wrote:


Yes... i have to admit that i'd never heard this version until recently. I really like the Muse song and actually thought it was the original.

 
Never heard the Muse version, just checked it out.. nice!

And now that I think about it... can't recall them being in the playlist here much anymore.
 dirtbagpook wrote:
W O W ! Gosling dimples on my goose pimples...

 
+1 that!

Simply fantastic performance. 
I always thought 'Feeling Good' was written by Nina Simone, 'cause that was the version i knew, but no! as i found out when we did a cover of it in one of my old bands.
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'Feeling Good' was written by English singer-songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1965 musical 'The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd' starring Cy Grant whose original version can be found at -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW4fE2x1hxk
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my old bands cover version can be found here -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQN_NxBc_6Q
cheers.
Bill, More Nina please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great story about Nina Simone in the movie 20,000 Days on Earth.  That is why I came here for a look.  Looks like I already gave this song a 9.
OMG, Nina on RP. I am speachless!
Hey Bill,

This is the only song I hear you play by Simone. Why is that? 
8.7? <Shakes head mournfully.>
W O W ! Gosling dimples on my goose pimples...
Love how the creeping horns supports the vocals.
Mrs Squiddly and I (at long last!) decided to get married in some style last year. 

She wafted down some elegant marble stairs in a Georgian house and onwards into a sunlit room full of our friends and family to stand by my side to this tune as we got married by a celebrant to a service written by ourselves.

Suffice to say. . . it now holds a very, very special place in my heart. 

{#Kiss}

 
This is soooo nice....
 helgigermany wrote:
Is this the song, muse does?

 

Yes... i have to admit that i'd never heard this version until recently. I really like the Muse song and actually thought it was the original.
Is this the song, muse does?

Snowflake drifting through the sky, you know how I feel ...

additional lyrics by unclehud, who votes this as 9 without hesitation


Goddess Like....
sends chills!
 cayenne wrote:
My 17-year-old son just asked me if this was Cee-Lo.

 
I actually totally get where he was coming from.

Also, this track is freaking amazing. 
yes, dj'ing genius.
 oldfart48 wrote:
{#Yell} need a 100 button........{#Dance}

 
....... 100 >>>>>>>>>> 101
Yes, those other guys can have their PSD, while some of us, we chosen few, can have our 1OO button
{#Yell} need a 100 button........{#Dance}
Genius   (Genius DJ)
Fantastic Ms. Simone following JJ Cale's After Midnight, oh god then you have Led Zep "babe I'm gonna leave you"...Excellant!!!
If a "Classic" is one that holds value and relavance decades later... This is a true Classic... Thank You... There is no place else that has this wide and eclectic mix...and all of it flows together...
 beeblebrocks40 wrote:
Whenever I hear this song, I think about all the other songs I gave "10s" to, and realize I need to move them all down a notch. This is as good as it gets.
 
When I hear this song I think of one my ultimate favorite movies "Point Of No Return" with Brigit Fonda where I first heard this.........smile.
 beeblebrocks40 wrote:
Whenever I hear this song, I think about all the other songs I gave "10s" to, and realize I need to move them all down a notch. This is as good as it gets.
 
I concur. This is indeed as good as it gets. (Laziness and being too busy with other more important stuff keeps me from down-rating / reorganizing my other ratings...but I should...)
Whenever I hear this song, I think about all the other songs I gave "10s" to, and realize I need to move them all down a notch. This is as good as it gets.
I wish there was a higher rating than 10 for songs like this!
 shakylegs wrote:
American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
 
Ye gods! I am so very grateful I missed that.
 lattalo wrote:
This song is what the number 10 was invented for.
 
Amen.
 shakylegs wrote:
American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
 
I did until Simon quit. Great show.  People have their prejudices.  Here is a great paradox for you:  the people who claim to be most interested in culture are actually the ones who are least interested in culture.  (I am not making a case for TV.  It's one outlet among many.  But AI was a great show for awhile.  Not for the same reasons we listen to RP.   Apples to oranges.  Love culture. Peace.)
Ditto

yofitofu wrote:
Sublime.
 
 


Sublime.
 
This song is what the number 10 was invented for.
This is how it's done!  Super tune.  9  {#Dancingbanana}
Nina is the Queen!!
I've always had a soft spot for Traffic's version from Last Exit. Thought it took a bit of moxie for a hip rock band to play Anthony Newley.
Thanks, that explains the 'feel' - they were contemporaries. As was Shirley Bassey.

 TerryS wrote:

No, but it has a very John Barry feel about it.

 
It was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; they were probably buddies with John Barry anyhow.
 eruwenolorien wrote:

According to Wikipedia, it's from her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You.

Also, I know this song thanks to the Muse cover (which is a 10!), but I respect and enjoy Nina's original.

  Muse covered this wonderful old tune.  Good on them for the respect.


Nina , a very under appreciated jazz icon!
I'm feelin' the blues about now.  But in a good way....

Nina Simone, Albert King, Blasters, John Hammond, Ben Harper — what a set
Jazz singer.
I walked the isle with this song in the background:)
It felt good than, and it still does.  
 DanO-1 wrote:
Does anyone know when this song was recorded?
 
According to Wikipedia, it's from her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You.

Also, I know this song thanks to the Muse cover (which is a 10!), but I respect and enjoy Nina's original.

 fredriley wrote:
The meaty marching bom-bom-bom background and her brassy voice reach right to the gut.  9 from the Nottingham jury.
 
Oh, that horn sound is amazing. Meaty is perfect way to describe it.
 DanO-1 wrote:
Does anyone know when this song was recorded?
 
1965.
 DanO-1 wrote:
Does anyone know when this song was recorded?
 
No, but it has a very John Barry feel about it.

Does anyone know when this song was recorded?
This song always makes me think of that film....."Point Of No Return" with Bridget Fonda....Love it.
Gosh, I thought this was a man singing. Clearly not Micheal Buble!

Glad to see I can still learn something about music from before today... 
 Rantipole wrote:
Muse cover is better. :)
 
It's almost sacrilege to say, because Simone is a Godess of song and her version is close to perfection, but... I agree.

shakylegs wrote:


American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
 
I've never heard of it, except for a few posts on RP song comment pages.
 shakylegs wrote:


American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
 
No

thank you for playing this..
of course.. it reminds me of a current version by my fav band of incredibles... 
I'm always impressed how amazingly covers can be done of songs this beautiful..
{#Daisy}
AWESOME song {#Daisy}
{#Roflol}{#Bounce}{#Cheesygrin}

The meaty marching bom-bom-bom background and her brassy voice reach right to the gut.  9 from the Nottingham jury.
I loved that Chuck picked this song to be Sarah's and his on Chuck! {#Heartkiss} (man, that Yvonne is a hottie {#Hearteyes} )
My 17-year-old son just asked me if this was Cee-Lo.
Sounds like Paolo Nutini!! {#Lol}
this was on the soundtrack to the world freefall convention video 1995- always brings the jet jump back.
 Rantipole wrote:
Muse cover is better. :)
 
They wish...............

I really enjoy Nina Simone, but I have to agree here.


 
Rantipole wrote:
Muse cover is better. :)
 


ms simone, you rock my world!
 Rantipole wrote:
Muse cover is better. :)
 

The Muse cover is good, but not even close to Miss Nina.

my good friend is a D.J. and he played this the day Obama was inaugurated (and, well, Bush left office). {#Notworthy}



 skyguy wrote:
The last three songs almost washed that radiohead out my head-thanks bill.
 
had to bump this

Muse cover is better. :)
Steve Winwood and Traffic do a credible job with this one on Last Exit.
 Beaker wrote:
Awesome track!
 
Nina's pretty terrific, that's for sure. But as for this song, I have such a strong connection with Traffic's version that I can't get too excited about this version.

I really miss Miss Nina...
The finale of Six Feet Under. sigh
The last three songs almost washed that radiohead out my head-thanks bill.

God, I love this woman...

(edit: and kudos Bill for following this one with Shirley Bassey & Propellerheads!)


divinemadness wrote:
This is so rye whiskey. Please pour me another.
Dig.
shakylegs wrote:
American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
My favorite show next to "Alien Autopsies"
thewiseking wrote:
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
So spake the simple king. Ray Charles is great, Nina Simone too. They're just different.
healyf52 wrote:
Buick ruined this one for me before I ever got to enjoy it. :frown:
American Idol auditions ruined this one for me. Yes, I watch the show. Doesn't everyone?
hearing this song makes me feel strong.
1wolfy wrote:
more like Ben Harper
Ouch!! Ok ok ok hold on, Ben Harper is like Nina Simone, got it? Nina Simone is like NOBODY. She is a force of nature. She is one of those artists that operates in her own universe. Of this world but standing somehow outside of it as well.
Excellent stuff.
Buick ruined this one for me before I ever got to enjoy it. :frown:
more like Ben Harperthewiseking wrote:
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
Played before John Butler Trio shows during 2007 American tour.
thewiseking wrote:
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
Nothing too wise about what you just said there, son.
Simply seminal. Was there ever a voice that grabs you like this?
Love the blues! Keep it comin'!
I like this, but I'd like it more if it didn't break out into that strip-teasesque horn section.
thewiseking wrote:
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
Not so very wise there, thewiseking...You'd know that they have two different styles if you'd ever listened to any of Nina's work. Ray only started recording one year earlier than Nina -- him, 1953; her, 1954.
thewiseking wrote:
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
if ray was female. And she been singing a long long time.
a Ray Charles clone, methinks.
:cool:
This is so rye whiskey. Please pour me another.
strick wrote:
Her singing is great, but the song sounds like it was pulled from a Pink Panther movie from the 70's or 80's!!!! :shifty:
No surprise there; the song is even older: "Feeling Good" was released in 1965.
Yay! Nina Simone is the bomb....
SpaceCase wrote:
Sounds good around dinner time on a Sunday evening too!!!
... ain't bad Tuesday apres brunch, either.