What's the Use?

"What's the Use?" sets the text of Paul Laurence Dunbar. The song is published by Southern Music Company as the second song of Florence Price's Four Songs.

Date: 1937Composer: Florence PriceText: Paul Laurence Dunbar

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What’s the Use?
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

What’s the use o’ folks a-frownin’
When the way’s a little rough?
Frowns lay out the road fur smilin’
You’ll be wrinkled soon enough.
What’s the use?

What’s the use o’ folks a-sighin’?
It’s an awful waste o’ breath,
An’ a body can’t stand wastin’
What he needs so bad in death.
What’s the use?

What’s the use o’ even weepin’?
Might as well go long an’ smile.
Life, out longest, strongest arrow,
Only lasts a little while.
What’s the use?

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