spoke joe to jack – high voice

high voice, piano

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



Program Note

“spoke joe to jack” is the third movement of the six-movement song cycle “Cowboy Songs”, on texts by e e cummings. Individual movements may be performed separately.


spoke joe to jack
leave her alone
she’s not your gal
jack spoke to joe’s left crashed
pal dropped
o god
alice yells
but who shot up grabbing
had by my throat me
give it him good
a bottle she quick
who    stop
damned fall all we go spill and
chairs and tables the and
whispers jill
mopping   too bad
sh    not yet
jesus what blood
darling i said

Text by e e cummings

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