The Pennycandystore Beyond The El

"The Pennycandystore Beyond The El" is the second movement and first solo song in Bernstein's Songfest. The song is written for baritone and orchestra, but a piano reduction is available.
The original poem is a concrete poem, and the lines fan outward like falling leaves.

Date: 1977Composer: Leonard BernsteinText: Lawrence FerlinghettiSong Collection: Songfest

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The Pennycandystore Beyond The El
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The pennycandystore beyond the El
is where I first
               fell in love
                           with unreality
Jellybeans glowed in the semi-gloom
of that september afternoon
A cat upon the counter moved along
                           the licorice sticks
               and tootsie rolls
      and Oh Boy Gum

Outside the leaves were falling as they died

A wind had blown away the sun

A girl ran in
Her hair was rainy
Her breasts were breathless in the little room

Outside the leaves were falling
                     and they cried
                                  Too soon! too soon!


Sheet Music


Composer(s): Leonard Bernstein

Song(s): 1. The Pennycandystore Beyond The El
2. A Julia de Burgos
3. To What You Said
4. Music I Heard With You
5. Zizi's Lament
6. Sonnet: What Lips My Lips Have Kissed...

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