When I was home de Sunshine seemed like gold. When I was home de Sunshine seemed like gold. Since I come up North de Whole damn world's turned cold. I was a good boy, Never done no wrong. Yes, I was a good boy, Never done no wrong, But this world is weary An' de road is hard an' long. I fell in love with A gal I thought was kind. Fell in love with A gal I thought was kind. She made me lose ma money An' almost lose ma mind. Weary, weary, Weary early in de morn. Weary, weary, Early, early in de morn. I's so weary I wish I'd never been born.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Po' Boy Blues", appears in Fine Clothes to the Jew, first published 1927 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Marian Viktorovich Koval (1907 - 1971), "Po' Boys' Blues", published 1939 [ voice and piano ], from Oh, What Singers, also set in Russian [sung text not yet checked]
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