To Be Somebody

"To Be Somebody" is the fourth song in Ricky Ian Gordon's Genius Child song cycle.

Date: 1995Composer: Ricky Ian GordonText: Langston HughesSong Collection: Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs

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To Be Somebody
by Langston Hughes

Little girl
Dreaming of a baby grand piano
(Not knowing there’s a Steinway bigger, bigger)
Dreaming of a baby grand to play
That stretches paddle-tailed across the floor,
Not standing upright
Like a bad boy in the corner,
But sending music
Up the stairs and down the stairs
And out the door
To confound even Hazel Scott
Who might be passing!

Oh!

Little boy
Dreaming of the boxing gloves
Joe Louis wore,
The gloves that sent
Two dozen men to the floor.
Knockout!
Bam! Bop! Mop!

There’s always room,
They say,
At the top.

–The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 374

Books

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

By Langston Hughes

Sheet Music

Genius Child

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): 1. Winter Moon
2. Genius Child
3. Kid in the Park
4. To Be Somebody
5. Troubled Woman
6. Strange Hurt: Long Version
7. Strange Hurt: Short Version
8. Prayer
9. Border Line
10. My People
11. Joy

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