Southern gentle lady, Do not swoon. They've just hung a black man In the dark of the moon. They've hung a black man To a roadside tree In the dark of the moon For the world to see How Dixie protects Its white womanhood. Southern gentle lady, Be good! Be good!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Silhouette", appears in One-Way Ticket, first published 1949 [author's text not yet checked 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 Serge Hovey (b. 1920), "Silhouette" [ voice and piano ], from I, Too, Sing America [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Musto (b. 1954), "Silhouette", from Shadow of the blues, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert G. Patterson (b. 1957), "Silhouette", 2012 [ baritone and piano ], from American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook, no. 9, Great River Music, GRM-01037 [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: John Musto
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