I am a black pierrot: She did not love me, So I crept into the night And the night was black, too. I am a black pierrot: She did not love me, So I wept until the red dawn Dripped blood over the eastern hills And my heart was bleeding, too I am a black pierrot: She did not love me, So with my once gay-colored soul Shrunken like a balloon without air, I went forth in the morning To seek a new brown love.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "A black pierrot", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [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 William Grant Still (1895 - 1978), "A black pierrot", published 1949 [ voice and piano ], from Songs of Separation, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Thompson (b. 1954), "A black pierrot", 2004 [ tenor and piano ], from Dream Variations, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
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