I, too sing America
Language: English 
I, too sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes.
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed. --

I, too, am America.

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anna Nussbaum (d. 1931) , "Auch ich bin Amerika" ; composed by Kurt Pahlen.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 62