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A Poem For Myself

by
 (or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy)

I was born in Mississippi;
I walked barefooted thru the mud.
Born black in Mississippi, Walked barefooted thru the mud.
But, when I reached the age of twelve I left that place for good.
My daddy chopped cotton And he drank his liquor straight.
Said my daddy chopped cotton And he drank his liquor straight.
When I left that Sunday morning He was leaning on the barnyard gate.
Left my mama standing With the sun shining in her eyes.
Left her standing in the yard With the sun shining in her eyes.
And I headed North As straight as the Wild Goose Flies, I been to Detroit & Chicago Been to New York city too.
I been to Detroit & Chicago Been to New York city too.
Said I done strolled all those funky avenues I'm still the same old black boy with the same old blues.
Going back to Mississippi This time to stay for good Going back to Mississippi This time to stay for good- Gonna be free in Mississippi Or dead in the Mississippi mud.

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