That little yaller gal Wid blue-green eyes: If her daddy ain't white Would be a surprise. She don't drink gin An' she don't like corn. I asked her one night Where she was born. An' she say, Honey, I don't know Where I come from Or where I go. That crazy little yaller gal Wid blue-green eyes: If her daddy ain't fay Would be a surprise. An' she set there cryin' In de cabaret A lookin' all sad When she ought to play. My God, I says, You can't live that way! Babe you can't Live that way!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Wilhelm Grosz (1894 - 1939), "The New Cabaret Girl", from Africa Songs [sung text not yet checked]
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