Track of the Day: 'My Sweet Lord' by Nina Simone

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A spiritual song for Sunday:

I’m late to the TOTD party, but I can’t resist a good covers party. Here goes:

Nina Simone did a number of covers. I think the one that far surpasses all others is her live rendition of “My Sweet Lord.” Nina takes this rather hippie-dippie, kumbaya post-Beatles Harrison treacle and turns it into something urgent, confrontational, and subversive. Not to mention she does it as a medley with the David Nelson poem backed by a baptist choir from South Jamaica and performing before soldiers at Fort Dix.

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