When Susanna Jones wears red Her face is like an ancient cameo Turned brown by the ages. Come with a blast of trumpets, Jesus! When Susanna Jones wears red A queen from some-time Egyptian night Walks once again. Blow trumpets, Jesus! And the beauty of Susanna Jones in red Burns in my heart a love-fire sharp like pain. Sweet silver trumpets, Jesus!
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Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 62.
- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "When Susanna Jones wears red", 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 Robert G. Patterson (b. 1957), "When Sue wears red", 2012 [ baritone and piano ], from American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook, no. 1, Great River Music, GRM-01037 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Hermann Reutter (1900 - 1985), "When Sue wears red", published 1958 [ baritone and piano ], from Meine dunklen Hände, no. 5, also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text not yet checked]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Paridam von dem Knesebeck (c1911 - 2000) , "Wenn Susanna Jones trägt Rot", appears in Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, copyright © and by Eva Hesse (1925 - 2020) , "Wenn Susanna Jones trägt Rot", appears in Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, copyright © ; composed by Hermann Reutter.
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