Old Addresses

Song Cycle by William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Word count: 1059

1. Lady Death [sung text checked 1 time]

she holds the trump card
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2. The next table [sung text not yet checked]

He can't be more than twenty-two
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3. Histrion [sung text checked 1 time]

No man hath dared to write this thing as yet
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4. Ballad of the Landlord [sung text checked 1 time]

Landlord, landlord,
My roof has sprung a leak.
Don't you 'member I told you 'bout it
Way last week?

Landlord, landlord
These steps is broken down.
When you come up yourself
It's a wonder you don't fall down.

Ten bucks you say I owe you?
Ten bucks you say is due?
Well, that Ten Bucks more'n I'll pay you
Till you fix this house up new.

What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?

Um-huh! You talking high and mighty.
Talk on - till you get through.
You ain't gonna be able to say a word
If I land my fist on you.

Police! Police!
Come and get this man!
He's trying to ruin the government
And overturn the land!

Copper's whistle!
Patrol bell!
Arrest.

Precinct Station.
Iron cell.
Headlines in press:

MAN THREATENS LANDLORD

TENANT HELD NO BAIL

JUDGE GIVES NEGRO 90 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL. 

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5. The embrace [sung text checked 1 time]

You weren't well or really ill yet either
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6. Africa [sung text checked 1 time]

Africa?/ You ask me about Africa?
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7. To my old addresses [sung text checked 1 time]

Help! Get out of here! Go walking!
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