The Cryin' Blues

"The Cryin' Blues" is the second song in Carpenter's Four Negro Songs.

Date: 1927Composer: John Alden CarpenterText: Langston HughesSong Collection: Four Negro Songs

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“The Cryin’ Blues” lyrics come from the following poem:

Blues Fantasy
by Langston Hughes

Hey! Hey!
That’s what the
Blues singers say.
Singing minor melodies
They laugh,
Hey! Hey!

My man’s done left me,
Chile, he’s gone away.
My good man’s left me,
Babe, he’s gone away.
Now the cryin’ blues
Haunts me night and day.


Trouble, pain.
Sun’s gonna shine

I got a railroad ticket,
Pack my trunk and ride.

Sing ’em, sister!

Got a railroad ticket,
Pack my trunk and ride.
And when I get on the train
I’ll cast my blues aside.

Laugh a loud,
Hey! Hey!

–The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 91

Sheet Music

Four Negro Songs

Composer(s): John Alden Carpenter

Song(s): 1. Shake Your Brown Feet, Honey!
2. The Cryin' Blues
3. Jazz-Boys
4. That Soothin' Song

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