A gently bawdy Tin Pan Alley song originally popularized in the '20s by Bessie Smith, "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" was adapted by Nina Simone in 1967 into more of a statement of romantic longing than sexual lust. ("I need a little hot dog on my roll" was Smith's barely-a-double-entendre second line.) Simone boldly rearranged the song, dropping the introductory verse in favor of a brief piano introduction and reducing the rest of the song to a few variations on the chorus, some with new lyrics. Buddy Lucas adds a brief and somewhat perfunctory tenor solo between the two choruses, and Eric Gale finishes the track with a small guitar flourish, but the heart of the song rests entirely on Simone's longing vocals and low-key piano. It's one of her most romantic and intimate performances.