Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

A Negro Love Song


Seen my lady home las' night,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hel' huh han' an' sque'z it tight,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh,
Seen a light gleam f'om huh eye,
An' a smile go flittin' by --
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hyeahd de win' blow thoo de pine,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Mockin'-bird was singin' fine,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
An' my hea't was beatin' so,
When I reached my lady's do',
Dat I could n't ba' to go --
Jump back, honey, jump back.

Put my ahm aroun' huh wais',
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Raised huh lips an' took a tase,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Love me, honey, love me true?
Love me well ez I love you?
An' she answe'd, "'Cose I do"--
Jump back, honey, jump back.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Lewis Colyar (5/10/2007 1:35:00 AM)

    Paul Laurence Dunbar was yet another of the poets that Langston Hughes read and studied. The hool in this poem was well repeated by us Afican-American boys.
    Men long before my day 'came a calling' on a woman. the speaker in this poems
    is taking his lady home for the evening. looking forward in continuing the night.
    Jump back, honey jump back.

    Langston Hughes Poetry society of Pittsburgh (Report) Reply

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