Langston Hughes Songs

Song Cycle by Daniel Gilliam (b. 1978)

1. Sea calm [sung text not yet checked]

How still,
How strangely still
The water is today.
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.

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2. Frosting [sung text not yet checked]

Freedom
Is just frosting
On somebody else's
Cake --
And so must be
Till we
Learn how to
Bake

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3. Love [sung text not yet checked]

Love is a wild wonder
And stars that sing,
Rocks that burst asunder
And mountains that take wing.

John Henry with his hammer
Makes a little spark.
That little spark is love
Dying in the dark.

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4. The dove [sung text not yet checked]

...and here is
old Picasso and the dove
and dreams as fragile
as pottery with dove
in white on clay
dark brown as
earth is brown
from our old
battle ground...

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5. Youth [sung text not yet checked]

We have tomorrow
Bright before us
Like a flame.

Yesterday
A night-gone thing,
A sun-down name.

And dawn-today
Broad arch above the
road we came.

We march!

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Total word count: 133