Dream Variations

Song Cycle by Richard Thompson (b. 1954)

Word count: 348

1. I, too sing America [sung text not yet checked]

I, too sing America
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1 Bonds: "sit"
2 omitted by Bonds.

2. The Negro speaks of rivers [sung text not yet checked]

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow 
    of human blood in human veins.
 
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
 
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the Pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down 
    to New Orleans and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden 
    in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
 
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

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Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 18.

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First published in Crisis, June 1921.

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3. Monotony [sung text not yet checked]

Today like yesterday
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4. A black pierrot [sung text not yet checked]

I am a black pierrot
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5. Dream variations [sung text not yet checked]

To fling my arms wide
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