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The Weary Blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon
I heard a Negro play
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway…
He did a lazy sway…
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made the poor piano moan with melody.
O Blues!
Swaying to a fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man’s soul.
O Blues!
In the deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I Heard the Negro sing, the piano moan –
“Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
I gwine to quit ma frownin’
And put my troubles on the shelf.
Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then sang some more –
“I got the Weary Blues
And I can’t be satisfied.
Got the Weary Blues
And I can’t be satisfied –
I ain’t happy no mo’
And I wished that I had died.”
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed.
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Is it the Weary Blues
or just another Monday morning?
What’s up family?
In these very trying times,
here’s wishing you
a week of syncopated rhythms
and harmonious melodies.
Peace, Tenthltr2u
About tenthltr2u (1067 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2 Comments on The Weary Blues

  1. Good post ‘ceptin blues knows no color but blue! The graphic captures the poem all the way down. Who is the artist?j


  2. Belated B-day to the greatest poet who ever lived. Nice selection. Peace.


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