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Langston Hughes

"Waitin' on Roosevelt" (karaoke)

"Waitin' on Roosevelt" (sheet music)


The pot was empty;

The cupboard bare.

And I said, "Papa,

What's the matter here?"

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

The rent was due;

The lights was out.

"Oh, tell me, Mama,

What's it all about?"

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

Sister's low sick;

Doctor won't come

'Cause we can't pay him

The proper sum.

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

Then, one sad day,

They put us out.

Mama and Papa,

Meek as a mouse.

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

Ain't got no money;

Ain't got no job.

Backbone and navel

Doin' the belly rub.

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

The pot's still empty;

The cupboard bare.

Can't raise no family on

Bellies filled with air.

"We're waitin' on Roosevelt,

Roosevelt, Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

But when they felt those

Cold winds blow

And didn't have no

Good place to go,

Pa said, "I'm tired of

Waitin' on Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."

 

"And when we all get

Hungry and cold,

Gonna stop believin'.

Gonna get hard to hold.

Stop waitin' on Roosevelt,

Ol' Man Roosevelt.

Waitin' on Roosevelt, Son."


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