Madam and Daughter


"Madam and Daughter" is the third song of Siegmeister's Madam To You cycle, which sets seven texts of Langston Hughes.

Hughes's poem is actually entitled "Mother and Daughter."

Mother and Daughter
by Langston Hughes

Mama, please brush off my coat.
I'm going down the street.

Where're you going, daughter?

To see my sugar-sweet.

Who is your sugar, honey?
Turn around--I'll brush behind.

He is that young man, mama,
I can't get off my mind.

Daughter, once upon a time--
Let me brush the hem--
Your father, yes, he was the one!
I felt like that about him.

But it was a long time ago
He up and went his way.
I hope that wild young son-of-a-gun
Rots in hell today!

Mama, dad couldn't be still young.

He was young yesterday.
He was young when he--
Turn around!
So I can brush your back, I say!

--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, pp. 356-7


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