Listen here, Joe Don't you know That tomorrow You got to go Out yonder where The steel winds blow? Listen here, kid, It's been said Tomorrow you'll be dead Out there where The [snow]1 is lead. Don't ask me why. Just go ahead and die. Hidden from the sky Out yonder you'll lie: A medal to your family -- In exchange for A guy. Mama, don't cry.
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1 Siegmeister: "rain"
- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Without benefit of declaration", appears in The Panther and the Lash, first published 1967 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "Listen here, Joe", 1966, published 1978, orchestrated 1967 [ low voice and piano or orchestra ], from The Face of War, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
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