I went to look for Joy, Slim, dancing Joy, Gay, laughing Joy, Bright-eyed Joy -- And I found her Driving the butcher's cart In the arms of the butcher boy! Such company, such company, As keeps this young nymph, Joy!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Joy", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956), "Joy", 1995 [ high voice and piano ], from Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs, no. 10 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Howard Swanson (1907 - 1978), "Joy", published 1950 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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