Ain't Got No, I Got Life

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"Ain't Got No, I Got Life"
Single by Nina Simone
from the album 'Nuff Said
A-side Ain't Got No, I Got Life
B-side Do What You Gotta Do
Released 1968
Recorded RCA studios, New York City
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:17
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot

"Ain't Got No/I Got Life" is a single by the American songwriter Nina Simone. The song also featured on her 1968 album 'Nuff Said. It is a medley of two songs from the musical Hair, with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. The song charted at #2 in the UK and at #1 in The Netherlands.[1] The song helped Simone gain pop-popularity under a new, younger audience, and became a standard in her repertoire.

The 2006 Groovefinder remix of the song charted at #30 in the UK and remained on the charts for 16 weeks. In Ireland, it charted at #9 and remained on the charts for 15 weeks.

In 2010, research conducted by PRS for Music revealed that the song is the second most performed in UK television advertising for its use on Müller yoghurt adverts.[2]


The song was also recorded by a British band Red Box and released in 1986 on a b-side of the single For America. This song is also covered on Le Volume Courbe's debut I Killed My Best Friend, and on the 2010 extended edition of Jim Guthrie's Now, More Than Ever.

In 1970 the singer Merry Clayton included a version of the song on her debut album Gimme Shelter.

German singer Patrice recorded the song for his 2010 album, One, sampling Nina Simone's original vocals.

Canadian singer Kellylee Evans included this song on her album Nina, released in 2010.

Former Spice Girls member Melanie C recorded the song for her 2012 album Stages

The band RNDM covered the song on their tour in 2012.

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  1. ^ "Nina Simone - Ain't Got No-I Got Life". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Sainsbury's song tops adverts playlist". Telegraph. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2011-11-04.