Lonesome Boy Blues

(1974)

"Lonesome Boy Blues" is the third and final song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Patterns in Blue, which sets the poetry of three American poets. The poetry of "Lonesome Boy Blues" is by Kenneth Patchen.

Lonesome Boy Blues
by Kenneth Patchen


Oh nobody’s a long time
Nowhere’s a big pocket
To put little
Pieces of nice things that


Have never really happened


To anyone except
Those people who were lucky enough
Not to get born
Oh lonesome’s a bad place


To get crowded into


With only
Yourself riding back and forth
On
A blind white horse
Along an empty road meeting
All your
Pals face to face


Nobody’s a long time


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