I work all day, Said Simple John, Myself a house to buy. I work all day, Said Simple John, But Pierrot wondered why. For Pierrrot loved the long white road, And Pierrot loved the moon, And Pierrot loved a star-filled sky, And the breath of a rose in June. I have one wife, Said Simple John, And, faith, I love her yet. I have one wife, Said Simple John, But Pierrot left Pierrette. For Pierrot saw a world of girls, And Pierrot loved each one, And Pierrot thought all maidens fair As flowers in the sun. Oh, I am good, Said Simple John, The Lord will take me in. Yes, I am good, Said Simple John, But Pierrot's steeped in sin. For Pierrot played on a slim guitar, And Pierrot loved the moon, And Pierrot ran down the long white road With the burgher's wife one June.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Pierrot", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Howard Swanson (1907 - 1978), "Pierrot", published 1950 [ low voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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