I had some cards printed The other day. They cost me more Than I wanted to pay. I told the man I wasn't no mint But I hankered to see My name in print. MADAM JOHNSON, ALBERTA K. He said, Your name looks good Madam'd that way. Shall I use Old English Or a Roman letter? I said, Use American. American's better. There's nothing foreign to my pedigree: Alberta K. Johnson -- American that's me.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Madam's Calling Cards" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Betty Roe (b. 1930), "Madam's Calling Cards", published 1992 [ soprano and contrabass ], from Three Madam Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
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