Song for a Dark Girl
Language: English 
Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my [dark]1 young lover
To a crossroads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.

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1 Moore: "black"

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This text was added to the website: 2005-10-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 63