I want to be simple again Like the earth, like the rain, simple and clean Oh, had I never known you, Harlem. The wild laughter of your desire The salty tears of your misery, Be good to me, you big, black city, Let me forget, I don't want to go back.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Disillusion" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anna Nussbaum (d. 1931) ; composed by Alexander Zemlinsky.
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