The third song in the cycle Blue Mountain Ballads, “Cabin” reveals a good-versus-evil morality tale. Bowles uses subtle tempo changes and juxtaposition of major and minor keys to represent the two sides.

Date: 1946Composer: Paul BowlesText: Tennessee WilliamsSong Collection: Blue Mountain Ballads

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    by Tennessee Williams

    The cabin was cozy
    And hollyhocks grew
    Bright by the door
    Till his whisper crept through.

    The sun on the sill
    Was yellow and warm
    Till she lifted the latch
    For a man or a storm.

    Now the cabin falls
    To the winter wind
    And the walls cave in
    Where they kissed and sinned.

    And the long white rain
    Sweeps clean the room
    Like a white-haired witch
    With a long straw broom!

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    Blue Mountain Ballads

    Composer(s): Paul Bowles

    Song(s): 1. Heavenly Grass
    2. Lonesome Man
    3. Cabin
    4. Sugar in the Cane

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