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

Langston Hughes, "Misery" (1927)


Play de blues for me.
Play de blues for me.
No other music
'Ll ease ma misery.

Sing a soothin' song.
Said a soothin' song,
Cause de man I love's done
Done me wrong.

Can't you understand,
O, understand
A good woman's cryin'
For a no-good man?

Black gal like me,
Black gal like me
'S got to hear a blues
For her misery.

Published in Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927)

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