Jazz-Boys

(1927)

"Jazz-Boys" is the third song in Carpenter's Four Negro Songs.

The lyrics of "Jazz-Boys" come from the following poem:


Harlem Night Club
by Langston Hughes


Sleek black boys in a cabaret.
Jazz-band, jazz-band,--
Play, plAY, PLAY!
Tomorrow...who knows?
Dance today!


White girls' eyes
Call gay black boys.
Black boys' lips
Grin jungle joys.


Dark brown girls
In blond men's arms.
Jazz-band, jazz-band,--
Sing Eve's charms!


White ones, brown ones,
What do you know
About tomorrow
Where all paths go?


Jazz-boys, jazz-boys,--
Play, plAY, PLAY!
Tomorrow...is darkness.
Joy today!


--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 90


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