Mama, please brush off my coat, I'm going down the street. Where're you going, daughter? To see my sugar-sweet. Who is your sugar, honey? Turn around -- I'll brush behind. He is that young man, mama, I can't get off my mind. Daughter, once upon a time -- Let me brush the hem -- Your father, yes he was the one! I felt like that about him. But it was a long time ago He up and went his way. I hope that wild young son-of-a-gun Rots in hell today! Mama, dad couldn't still be young. He was young yesterday. He was young when he -- Turn around! So I can brush your back, I say!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Mother and Daughter", appears in One-Way Ticket, first published 1949 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "Mama and Daughter", 1964, published 1975 [ high voice and piano ], from Madam to You, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
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