To Be Somebody

(1995)

"To Be Somebody" is the fourth song in Ricky Ian Gordon's Genius Child song cycle.

To Be Somebody

To Be Somebody
by Langston Hughes


Little girl
Dreaming of a baby grand piano
(Not knowing there's a Steinway bigger, bigger)
Dreaming of a baby grand to play
That stretches paddle-tailed across the floor,
Not standing upright
Like a bad boy in the corner,
But sending music
Up the stairs and down the stairs
And out the door
To confound even Hazel Scott
Who might be passing!


Oh!


Little boy
Dreaming of the boxing gloves
Joe Louis wore,
The gloves that sent
Two dozen men to the floor.
Knockout!
Bam! Bop! Mop!


There's always room,
They say,
At the top.


--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 374


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