When the old junk man Death Comes to gather up our bodies And toss them into the sack of oblivion, I wonder if he will find The corpse of a white multi-millionaire Worth more pennies of eternity, Than the black torso of A Negro cotton-picker?
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Question", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Question", 2008 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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