Folks, I come up North Cause they told me de North was fine I come up North Cause they told me de North was fine Been up here six months I'm about to lose my mind. This mornin' for breakfast I chawed de mornin' air This morin' for breakfast Chawed de mornin' air But this evenin' for supper, I got evenin' air to spare Believe I'll do a little dancin Just to drive my blues away A little dancin' To drive my blues away, Cause when I'm dancin' De blues forgets to stay. But if you was to ask me How the blues they come to be, Says if you was to ask me How the blues they come to be You wouldn't need to ask me: Just look at me and see!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Evenin' air blues", appears in Shakespeare in Harlem, first published 1942 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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