Sam was a man – medium voice

medium voice, piano

From the theatrical and humorous song cycle, “Cowboy songs”, on texts by e e cummings.

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Program Note

“sam was a man” is the first movement of the six-movement song cycle “Cowboy Songs”, on texts by e e cummings. Individual movements may be performed separately.

Text

rain or hail
sam done
the best he kin
till they digged his hole:sam was a man

stout as a bridge
rugged as a bear
slickern a weazel
how be you

(sun or snow)

gone into what
like all them kings
you read about
and on him sings

a whippoorwill;

heart was big
as the world aint square
with room for the devil
and his angels too

yes,sir

what may be better
or what may be worse
and what may be clover
clover clover

(nobody’ll know)

sam was a man
grinned his grin
done his chores
laid him down.

Sleep well

Text by e e cummings

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