(From In American, 1921)
SO now I get the dirty throwdown, huh?
|What do I mean? Yeh, thats a good one, aint it?|
|How do you get that way? You think Im blind?|
|I seen you with that girl the other night!|
|Aw, Frank, how could ya ever come to do it?|| 5|
|I aint changed, am I? Aint I just as swell?|
|Dont my eyes shine the same way, just for you?|
|Dont you remember out to old San Soozy|
|We won long-distance prizes, dancin together?|
|You says, You keep the prize; whats mine is yourn,|| 10|
|And vicey versy. Yes, and dont you remember|
|When youwhen you first kissed me in Jims Ford,|
|And all them lovely things you says to me,|
|And me believin em, because I loved you?
|I should of knew, I should of knew, I should of!|| 15|
|Men is the same, kiddin a girl along,|
|Makin her love em, till she lost her brains|
|And done what never cant be undid now!|
That night the stars was winkin down,
|And looked so bright and happy, just like me.|| 20|
|The little waves was chucklin round the boat,|
|You and the wind took turns, kissin my forrid.|
|Down underneath I felt the engines pumpin|
|Just like your heart, pressin against my cheeks.|
|The lights was out, it was so dark and haunted,|| 25|
|I felt so safe with them big arms around me,|
|And dreamy, with the niggers singin soft,|
|Playin their yukalalies. And I says,|
|Dont you remember what I says? I says,|
|See them two rows o lights along the shore?|| 30|
|Them is the citys teeth, shinin so white;|
|The citys laughin, just like you and me;|
|Laughin and laughin. Everybodys glad.
|The fool I was! The stupid, crazy fool!|
|I listened to your talk, give in to you,|| 35|
|Lovin you heart and soul, never went home|
|Till noon, lied to em alland nowand now|
|Im finished!Thrun away!
Them lights was teeth,|
|The teeth the citys got, to tear and tear me|
|Murderin, tearin teeth! They got me in em!
|Go on away! I never want to see you!|
|Go get that red-head fool, tell her I sent you!|
|I hope shell be another fool like me,|
|I hope you burn and burn in Hell!|
|Oh, whats there anything to hope for, now?
End of Volume Two