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There is very little music sung by Nina Simone that I know, but this is one of the rare exceptions. I heard this on BBC Radio 5 the other night, and it reminded me of what a great song it is. “Feeling Good” was written by English songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. Nina Simone recorded it in 1965, and hers has become the definitive person. It appears on her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You.



"Feeling Good' appears on Nina Simone's 1965 album I Put a Spell on You.

“Feeling Good’ appears on Nina Simone’s 1965 album I Put a Spell on You




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.


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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