Lonely People


“Lonely People” is the final work in a collection of Four Songs, which sets poems by Langston Hughes.


The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Malcolm Martineau, piano. To listen, please click on the track name itself. You can download a recording of "Lonely People" for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

Little Song
by Langston Hughes

Lonely people
In the lonely night
Grab a lonely dream
And hold it tight.

Lonely people
In the lonely day
Work to salt
Their dream away.

--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 336

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