A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet

"A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet" is the fourth song of David N. Baker's song cycle The Black Experience. The cycle sets the poetry of Mari Evans.

Even though the song cycle is out-of-print, "A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet" is published in Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers.

Date: 1970Composer: David N. BakerText: Mari EvansSong Collection: The Black Experience

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A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet
by Mari Evans

          he had
          A Dream
e x p loded
      down
           his
             th r o a t.

       whereon
a million hard white eyes
swung impiously heavenward
    to mourn
the gross indelicate demise

              such public death
              transgresses
              all known rules

          A good assassination
          should be quiet

         and occupy the heart
       four hundred
     years

 

Sheet Music

Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, Compiled by Willis C. Patterson

Composer(s): H. Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel de Costa, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene Hancock, Thomas Kerr, Jr., Charles Lloyd, Jr., Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson, John Work, Jr.

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