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Ballad of Roosevelt

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A poem by Langston Hughes

A poem by Langston Hughes

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  • 1. A poem by Langston Hughes
  • 2. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
    • Ballad of Roosevelt
    • The pot was empty,
    • The cupboard was bare.
  • 3. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
    • Empty Pot
    • Bare Cupboard
  • 4. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
    • I said, Papa,
    • What’s the matter here?
    • I’m waitin' on Roosevelt, son,
    • Roosevelt, Roosevelt,
    • Waitin' on Roosevelt, son.
  • 5. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
    • Waiting on Roosevelt
    • Roosevelt
  • 6. I said, Tell me, Mama, What’s it all about? We’re waitin' on Roosevelt, son, Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Just waitin' on Roosevelt.
  • 7. “ Ballad of Roosevelt
  • 8. Sister got sick And the doctor wouldn’t come Cause we couldn’t pay him The proper sum— A-waitin on Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Roosevelt, A-waitin' on Roosevelt.
  • 9. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
    • Sick sister
    • Doctor no show
  • 10. Then one day They put us out o' the house. Ma and Pa was Meek as a mouse Still waitin' on Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Roosevelt.
  • 11. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
  • 12. But when they felt those Cold winds blow And didn’t have no Place to go Pa said, I’m tired O’waitin' on Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Roosevelt. Damn tired o‘ waitin’ on Roosevelt.
  • 13. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
  • 14. I can’t git a job And I can’t git no grub. Backbone and navel’s Doin' the belly-rub— A-waitin' on Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Roosevelt.
  • 15. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
  • 16. And a lot o' other folks What’s hungry and cold Done stopped believin' What they been told By Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Roosevelt— Cause the pot’s still empty, And the cupboard’s still bare
  • 17. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”
  • 18. And you can’t build a bungalow Out o' air— Mr. Roosevelt, listen! What’s the matter here?
  • 19. “ Ballad of Roosevelt”

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