This is a medley of "When Malindy Sings", a song based on a poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872 - 1906) with music by Oscar Brown, and the traditional Negro spiritual "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" that is mentioned in the last stanza of the poem and that was also sung by Joan Baez during the 1969 Woodstock festival and many other artists.
[Newport 1963] At the line "I want to listen from the breast of angel's wings/ Soft and sweet, Swing Low..." Nina made another segue, moving from the sharp dialect that Dunbar used for Malindy's story to a full chorus, a capella, of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." She had changed the mood once again - in an instant taking the music and the audience, all her fans in Newport and me listening decades later, from the vernacular to the spiritual. Then she took us right back to Dunbar's piquant slang with a final, determined "When Malindy sings."
-Nadine Cohodas Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone
One of the most popular of Dunbar's dialect poems was and is "When Malindy Sings," which builds upon the natural ability of the race in song and is ackowledged to be Dunbar's tribute to his mother's spontaneous outbursts of singing as she worked in the kitchen. The message of the poem is one of praise for simpilicity of spirit and the love of God, but the reader is jolted into a humorous view of the situation as he comes to stanze six. Dunbar's ability to check excessive sentiment is well demonstarted in this poem.
-Modern American Poetry