Posts Tagged ‘Langston Hughes’

Baby, What’s Your Alibi

February 3, 2019

“Baby, What’s Your Alibi,” lyrics by Langston Hughes, music by David Martin, recorded by Nellie Lutcher. Probably 1950.

Nellie Lutcher (vocal, piano), Stanley Morgan (guitar), Benny Booker (bass), Lee Young (drums).

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Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

January 17, 2016

Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.