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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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Homesick blues", appears in Fine Clothes to the Jew, first published 1927 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932), "Homesick blues", from The Wider View, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Paul Dessau (1894 - 1979), "Homesick blues", 1934 [ bass and piano ], from Two songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Anthony Donato (b. 1909), "Homesick blues" [ TTBB chorus a cappella ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Marian Viktorovich Koval (1907 - 1971), "Homesick blues", published 1939 [ voice and piano ], from Oh, What Singers, also set in Russian [sung text not yet checked]
- by Jacques Wolfe (1896 - 1973), "Sad song in de air", published 1934 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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