Song For a Dark Girl

(1997)

"Song For a Dark Girl" is a song by Ricky Ian Gordon setting a poem by Langston Hughes. The song is part of Ricky Ian Gordon's collection Only Heaven, which sets seventeen poems of Langston Hughes.

Song For a Dark Girl
by Langston Hughes


Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.


Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.


Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.


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