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Incident

Language: English

Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee;
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue and called me, "Nigger."

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.


Translation(s): GER

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Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website: 2005-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:15
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Erlebnis

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich fuhr einmal durch Baltimore,
O Knabenglück und Maienlicht,
Ein weißer Junge neben mir,
Der sah mir ins Gesicht.

Acht Jahre waren beide wir
Ich ohne Argwohn lach' ihm zu.
Da streckt er seine Zunge aus:
"Verdammter Nigger, du!"
Ich habe Baltimore geseh'n
Vom Fliederblüh'n zum Flockenschnei'n,
Von allem, was auch sonst gescheh'n,
Fällt stets nur dies mir ein . . .


Submitted by Malcolm Wren

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Based on
  • a text in English by Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Kurt Pahlen. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2018-01-04.
Last modified: 2018-01-04 17:24:46
Line count: 12
Word count: 62