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I Sing Just to Know That I'm Alive
1982 Nina Simone
Recording sessions
1982 January: Paris (FR) Studios Davout
Trinidad 1981
1981 it's done
Trinidad 1981
 
 
1984 November 17: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
Thank you
Have you ever been to carnival
This song is dedicated to the people of Trinidad
 
 
1985 May 4: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
Paul Robinson on drums
Thank you very much you've been a wonderful audience
Thank you for loving me
 
 
1985: Hollywood (US-CA) Rock Steady Studio
I'm alive 1985
Sparrow now it's is done
I came home the only one
 
 
1985: USA Theatre tour
I sing just to know that I'm alive
Thank you very much, love you
This song - we take you home with this song – it's called
"I sing just to know that I'm alive", dedicated to the Trinidadian carnival
Thank you very much for coming to see us
We love you and we'll be back to see you
We've made a new album and we trust that you will buy it
We've been back down in this country for few ah months
and we're gonna stay here with you for a while

I sing just to know that I'm alive
I play just to feel that I'll survive
And if birth that's taking place
Where Holiness is just the case
I sing just to know that I'm alive

Trinidad 1985
Sparrow I'm staying alive

Well the mountains they don't
Yeah we want you to say something called soucous
And it goes like this
Soucous yeah soucous
Soucous yeah soucous
Can you do that
Soucous yeah soucous
Soucous yeah soucous

I can't hear you
Yeah

Soucous yeah soucous
Soucous yeah soucous
I love you boys
Soucous yeah soucous
It's a Trinidadian song
Yeah soucous
Yeah soucous
How come
I didn't have a full house tonight
Yeah soucous
How come
I didn't have a full house tonight
Yeah soucous
Soucous yeah soucous

Well the mountains they don't move no they don't
And the people they won't dance and they don't
I sing I sing I sing I sing
I sing just to know that I'm alive

Goodnight

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
Unknown recording session
2000 [3:24] CD 16 The Essential Metro METRCD010 (UK)