Pinwheel of Death

Shawn Roy


SONGS

Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical, Americana

Recorded 2010

Lyrics Text by Langston Hughes:

LANDLORD, LANDLORD,
MY ROOF HAS SPRUNG A LEAK.
DON'T YOU REMEMBER
I TOLD YOU ABOUT IT
WAY LAST WEEK?

LANDLORD, LANDLORD
THESE STEPS IS BROKEN DOWN.
WHEN YOU COME UP YOURSELF
IT'S A WONDER
YOU DON'T FALL DOWN.

TEN BUCKS YOU SAY I OWE YOU?
TEN BUCKS YOU SAY IS DUE?
WELL, THAT'S TEN BUCKS MORE
THAN I WILL PAY YOU
TILL YOU FIX THIS HOUSE
UP NEW.

WHAT?
YOU GONNA GET EVICTION ORDERS?
YOU GONNA CUT OFF MY HEAT?
YOU GONNA TAKE MY FURNITURE
AND THROW IT IN THE STREET?

UM-HUH!
YOU TALKING HIGH AND MIGHTY.
TALK ON-TILL YOU GET THROUGH
YOU AIN'T GONNA BE ABLE
TO SAY A WORD
IF I LAND MY FIST ON YOU.

POLICE! POLICE!
COME AND GET THIS MAN!
HE'S TRYING TO RUIN
THE GOVERNMENT
AND OVERTURN THE LAND!

COPPER'S WHISTLE!
PATROL BELL!
ARREST.
PRECINCT STATION.
IRON CELL.
HEADLINES IN PRESS:

MAN THREATENS LANDLORD

TENANT HELD NO BAIL

JUDGE GIVES NEGRO
NINETY DAYS
IN COUNTY JAIL!
 

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