"Stones" is the second song of André Previn's song cycle Four Songs, which sets the text of Toni Morrison.

Date: 1994Composer: André PrevinText: Toni MorrisonSong Collection: Four Songs (André Previn)

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by Toni Morrison

I don’t need no man
telling me I ain’t one.
My trigger finger strong
as his on a shot gun.
Buttercake and roses smooth
stones in my bed.
Handmade quilts cover
stones in my bed.
I don’t need no man
telling me I ain’t one.
My backbone ain’t like his
but least I got one.
High-heeled slippers break
stones in my bed.
Games played at night trick
stones in my bed.
Stones in my bed.
I don’t need no man
telling me.

Sheet Music

Four Songs (André Previn)

Composer(s): André Previn

Song(s): 1. Mercy
2. Stones
3. Shelter
4. The Lacemaker

Voice Type: Soprano

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