Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz

(1974)

"Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz" is the second song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Patterns in Blue, which sets the poetry of three American poets. The poetry of "Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz" is by Carl Sandburg.

Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz
by Carl Sandburg


Are you happy? It's the only
way to be, kid.
Yes, be happy, it's a good nice
way to be.
But not happy-happy, kid, don't
be too doubled-up doggone happy.
It's the doubled-up doggone happy-
happy people . . . bust hard . . . they
do bust hard . . . when they bust.
Be happy, kid, go to it, but not too
doggone happy.


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