Lonesome Man

“Lonesome Man” is the second song in the cycle Blue Mountain Ballads. Ragtime rhythms in the accompaniment provide a perfect foundation.

The audio recording features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Wolfram Rieger, piano. You can download a recording of Blue Mountain Ballads for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

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

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Lonesome Man
by Tennessee Williams

My chair rock-rocks by the door all day
But nobody ever stops my way,
Nobody ever stops by my way.

My teef chaw-chaw on an old ham bone an’
I do the dishes all alone,
I do the dishes all by my lone.

My feet clop-clop on the hardwood floor ‘cause
I won’t buy love at the hardware store,
I don’t want love from the mercantile store.

Now the clock tick-tocks by my single bed while
the moon looks down on my sleepless head,
While the moon grins down at an ole fool’s head.

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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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