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A poem by Sterling A. Brown, set to music by Cornelius Eady, recorded for Eady's CHEAP HOTEL EP. With Charlie Rauh on Lead Acoustic Guitar.



Poem: Sterling A. Brown
Music: Cornelius Eady

Mose is black and evil
And damns his luck
Driving Mister Schwartz’s
Big coal truck.

He’s got no gal,
He’s got no jack.
No fancy silk shirts
For his back.

But summer evenings
Hard Luck Mose
Goes in for all
The fun he knows.

On the corner kerb
With a sad quartette
His tenor peals
Like a clarinet

O hit it Moses
Sing att thing
But Mose’s mind
Goes wandering---

And to the stars
Over the town
Floats, from a good man
Way, way down ---

A soft song, filled
With a misery
Older than Mose
Will ever be.

CE: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal
Charlie Rauh: Lead Acoustic Guitar


from CHEAP HOTEL EP, released December 15, 2015



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Cornelius Eady is the author of 8 books of poetry, lives in NYC and MO and is the co-founder of Cave Canem. The band Rough Magic came out of the sessions for his CD/Chapbook BOOK OF HOOKS. (Kattywompus Press, Jan. 2013)

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