Oh, What Singers

Song Cycle by Marian Viktorovich Koval (1907 - 1971)

Word count: 429

?. Po' Boys' Blues [sung text not yet checked]

When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
Since I come up North de
Whole damn world's turned cold.

I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong.
Yes, I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong,
But this world is weary
An' de road is hard an' long.

I fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
Fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
She made me lose ma money
An' almost lose ma mind.

Weary, weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I's so weary
I wish I'd never been born. 

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?. Pride [sung text not yet checked]

Let all who will
Eat quietly the bread of shame.
I cannot,
Without complaining loud and long.
Tasting its bitterness in my throat,
And feeling to my very soul
It's wrong.
For honest work
You proffer me poor pay,
for honest dreams
Your spit is in my face,
And so my fist is clenched
Today-
To strike your face.

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?. Road, road, road [sung text not yet checked]

Goin' down the road, Lawd,
Goin' down the road.
Down the road, Lawd,
Way,way down the road.
Got to find somebody
To help me carry this load.

Road's in front o' me,
Nothin' to do but walk.
Road's in front of me,
Walk -- an' walk -- an' walk.
I'd like to meet a good friend
To come along an' talk.

Hates to be lonely,
Lawd, I hates to be sad.
Says I hates to be lonely,
Hates to be lonely an' sad,
But ever friend you finds seems
Like they try to do you bad.

Road, road, road, O!
Road, road -- road -- road, road!
Road, road, road, O!
On the no'thern road.
These Mississippi towns ain't
Fit fer a hoppin' toad.

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?. Homesick blues [sung text not yet checked]

De railroad bridge's
A sad song in de air.
De railroad bridge's
A sad song in de air.
Ever time de trains pass 
I want to go somewhere.

Oh, I went down to de station.
Ma heart was in ma mouth.
Went down to de station,
Heart was in ma mouth.
Lookin' for a box car
To roll me to de South.

Homesick blues, Lawd, 
'S a terrible thing to have.
Homesick blues, Lawd, 
'S a terrible thing to have.
To keep from cryin',
I opens ma mouth an' laughs.

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?. My people [sung text not yet checked]

Dream-singers,
Story-tellers,
Dancers,
Loud laughers in the hands of Fate --
     My people.
Dish-washers,
Elevator-boys,
Ladies maids,
Crap-shooters,
Cooks,
Waiters,
Jazzers,
Nurses of babies,
Loaders of ships,
Rounders,
Number writers,
Comedians in vaudeville
And band-men in circuses --
Dream-singers all, --
      My people.
Story-tellers all, --
My people.
      Dancers --

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]