Fodder on My Wings

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Fodder on My Wings
Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 1982
StudioStudio Davout, Paris
ProducerYves Chamberlan, Giancarlo Cerri
Nina Simone chronology
Fodder on My Wings
Nina's Back
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Fodder on My Wings is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. It is part of her later works, and can be regarded alongside Baltimore (1978) as one of her better achievements of that period.[2] It is however a rather obscure album and not widely distributed. The album is one of Simone's most introspective and personal works, with songs about her father's death and her (not always pleasant) stay in Liberia, Trinidad and Switzerland. There is some confusion about the actual title of the album and the song with almost the same title on the album, being called "Fodder on My Wings", "Fodder in My Wings", "Fodder in Her Wings" interchangeably.

Information about songs on this album[edit]

  • "I Sing Just to Know That I'm Alive", with this song Nina Simone 'closes' the year 1981 and welcomes herself in Trinidad, referring to it as her home country.
  • "Fodder in Her Wings ". In her later years Nina Simone often performed this song live, it also features on the albums Live at Ronnie Scott's (1987) and some of her later albums. In the live versions of the song she often refers to her own fleeing to countries all over the world, naming them one by one. This song was covered by Vic Chesnutt on his album North Star Deserter.
  • "Il y a un baume à Gilead", Simone had already sung this song on Baltimore (1978) in an English version "There Is a Balm in Gilead". It is in fact, as Simone states on this album, an African song.
  • "Liberian Calypso", on this track Simone sings about an experience she had while she was in Liberia, where she went to a Disco and got so happy about the music that she danced on the tables naked for hours on end. This episode was later further described in Simone's autobiography I Put a Spell on You (1991).
  • "Le peuple en Suisse", on this track Simone talks about the people in Switzerland, where she lived for several years. This was not a happy time for her, and Simone found the people in Switzerland very empty and unloving.[3]
  • "Alone Again Naturally" is a song originally written by Gilbert O'Sullivan but with new lyrics by Simone singing about the death of her father in October 1972.
  • In the additional track "Stop", Simone expresses her dislike for the song "Send in the Clowns".

Cover art[edit]

The album cover shows a painting made by Gabriel Jarnier.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nina Simone except where noted.

Original LP

  1. "I Sing Just to Know That I'm Alive" - 2:23
  2. "Fodder in Her Wings " - 5:34
  3. "Vous êtes seul, mais je désire être avec vous" - 5:30
  4. "Il y a un baume à Gilead" - 2:21
  5. "Heaven Belongs to You (Le ciel t'appartiendra)" - 3:38
  6. "Liberian Calypso" - 2:59
  7. "Thandewye" - 5:31
  8. "I Was Just a Stupid Dog to Them" - 2:25
  9. "Color Is a Beautiful Thing" - 1:03
  10. "There Is No Returning (Le peuple en Suisse)" - 4:58

Additional CD tracks

  1. "Alone Again Naturally" (Gilbert O'Sullivan, Simone) - 6:27
  2. "Stop" - 2:19
  3. "They Took My Hand" - 0:34

The bonus tracks were first released on the digital reissue of the album in 1988 on the French CY Records label. The CD's track order varies from the original LP.


  • Nina Simone - vocals, piano, tambourine, harmony vocals, arrangements, conductor
  • Sylvin Marc - bass, vocals
  • Paco Sery - percussion
  • Sydney Thaim - congas, bells, wood block[4]


  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Review of Baltimore and Fodder on My Wings on
  3. ^ Simone, Nina; Cleary, Stephen. I Put a Spell on You, 1992 (Da Capo Press), ISBN 0-679-41068-6
  4. ^ Cohodas, Nadine (2012). Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone. University of North Carolina Press. p. 315. ISBN 9780807882740.