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lyrics

G’way an’ quit dat noise, Miss Lucy--
Put dat music book away;
What’s de use to keep on tryin’?
Ef you practise twell you’re gray,
You cain’t sta’t no notes a-flyin’
Lak de ones dat rants and rings
F’om de kitchen to de big woods
When Malindy sings.

Easy ‘nough fu’ folks to hollah,
Lookin’ at de lines an’ dots,
When dey ain’t no one kin sence it,
An’ de chune comes in, in spots;
But fu’ real malojous music,
Dat jes’ strikes yo’ hea’t and clings,
Jes’ you stan’ an’ listen wif me
When Malindy sings.

Oh, hit’s sweetah dan de music
Of an edicated band;
An’ hit’s dearah dan de battle’s
Song o’ triumph in de lan’.
It seems holier dan evenin’
When de solemn chu’ch bell rings,
Ez I sit an’ ca’mly listen
While Malindy sings.

Towsah, stop dat ba’kin’, hyeah me!
Mandy, mek dat chile keep still;
Don’t you hyeah de echoes callin’
F’om de valley to de hill?
Let me listen, I can hyeah it,
Th’oo de bresh of angel’s wings,
Sof’ an’ sweet, “Swing Low,
Sweet Chariot,"
When Malindy sings.

credits

from Music from ABBEY: In The Red, released May 22, 2017
Produced, engineered and programmed by Herman "Soy Sos" Pearl
at Tuff Sound Recording
Arrangements by Ben Opie

Anqwenique Wingfield - Vocals
Ben Opie - Alto saxophone
Ben Barson - Baritone saxophone
Paul Thompson - Bass
Elisa Khohanski - Cello
James Johnson III - Percussion

Mastered by Gregg Janman at Hermetech Mastering
Written by Oscar Brown Jr, words by Paul Laurence Dunbar
from the poem "When Malindy Sings" 1913

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