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Billy Bragg - Walt Whitman's Niece Lyrics

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  • Last night or the night before that,
  • I wont say which night
  • A seaman friend of mine,
  • Ill not say which seaman,
  • Walked up to a big old building,
  • I wont say which building,
  • And would have not walked up the stairs,
  • Not to say which stairs,
  • If there had not been two girls,
  • Leaving out the names of those two girls.
  • I recall a door, a big long room,
  • Ill not tell which room,
  • I remember a deep blue rug,
  • But I cant say which rug,
  • A girl took down a book of poems,
  • Not to say which book of poems,
  • And as she read, I lay my head,
  • And I cant tell which head,
  • Down in her lap, and I can mention which lap
  • My seaman buddy and girl moved off
  • After a couple of pages and there I was,
  • All night long, laying and listening
  • And forgetting the poems.
  • And as well as I could recall
  • Or my seaman buddy could recollect,
  • My girl had told us that she was a niece,
  • Of walt whitman, but now which niece,
  • And it takes a night and a girl
  • And a book of this kind
  • A long long time to find its way back
  • Words: woody guthrie 1946 - music: billy bragg 1997

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