African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Langston Hughes, "Cabaret" (1923)

Does a jazz-band ever sob?
They say a jazz-band's gay.
Yet as the vulgar dancers whirled
And the wan night wore away,
One said she heard the jazz-band sob
When the little dawn was grey.

Published in The Crisis, August, 1923
Also published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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