Mama remembers the four-leaf clover And the bright blue Irish sky, I remember East River Parkway And the tugboats passing by. I remember Third Avenue And the "L" trains overhead, And our one window-sill geranium Blooming red, warm and red. Mama remembers Ireland; All I remember is here. Papa remembers the plains of Poland And moonlight on the snow, I remember autumn With the skyscrapers all aglow. I remember the games we played With lamplight overhead, And our one window-sill geranium Blooming red, warm and red. All I remember is here This house, this street, this city, And it's dear, yes, it's dear!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "Childhood Memories", 1974, copyright © 1975, from A Cycle of Cities, cycle formerly known as Two Songs of the City (June 29, 1951) [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Leonard Lehrman
This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
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