Li'l Gal / My Man

(1988)

"Li'l Gal / My Man" is the third song of H. Leslie Adams' song cycle The Wider View. The song sets a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Lil' Gal / My Man
by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Oh, de weathah it is balmy an' de breeze is sighin' low,
Li'l' gal,
An' de mockin' bird is singin' in de locus by de do',
Li'l' gal;
Dere's a-hummin' an' a-bummin'
in de lan' f'om eas' to wes',
I's a-sighin' fu you, honey, an' I nevah know no res'.
Fu' dey's lots a-trouble brewin'
an' a-stewin' in my breas', Li'l' gal.
Whut's de mattah wid de weathah,
what's de mattah wid de breeze, Li'l gal?
Whut's de mattah wid de locus'
dat's a-singin' in de trees, Li'l' gal?
W'y dey knows dey ladies love 'em,
an' dey knows dey love 'em true,
An' dey love 'em back, I reckon,
des' lak I's a-lovin' you;
Dat's de reason dey's a-weavin'
an' a-sighin' thoo an' thoo, Li'l' gal.
Don't you let no fella fool you
cause de clo'es he waihs is fine, Li'l' gal.
Deys a hones' hea't a-beatin
unnerneaf dese rags o' mine, Li'l' gal.
Co'se dey ain' no use in mockin'
whut de birds an' weathah do.
But I's so'y I can't 'spress it
w'en I knows I loves you, true,
Dat's de reason I's a-sighin' an' a-singin' now fu' you, Li'l' gal!


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