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2 “I was standing on the sidewalk in 1945”

3 “In Jacksonville, Illinois” / /a.html

4 “When asked what my name was there came no reply”

5 “They said I was a deaf and sightless half-wit boy”

6 “But Lewis was my name, though I could not say it”

7 “I was born and raised in New Orleans” MgTTKi69I/AAAAAAAAALg/rLxhzUgI56c/s320/john24.jpg

8 “My spirit was wild, so I let the river take it”

9 “On a barge and a prayer upstream”

10 “Well they searched for a mother and they searched for a father”

11 “And they searched till they searched no more”

12 “The doctors put to rest…”

13 “…their scientific tests”

14 “And they named me…”

15 “… John Doe # 24”

16 “And they all shook their heads in pity”

17 “For a world so silent and dark”

18 “well there’s no doubt that life’s a mystery”

19 “But so too is the human heart”

20 “And it was my heart’s own perfume when the crepe jasmine bloomed”

21 “On St. Charles Avenue”

22 “Though I couldn’t hear the bells of the streetcars coming”

23 “By toeing the track I knew”

24 “And if I were an old man returning with my satchel and Porkpie hat”

25 “I’d hit every jazz joint on Bourbon”

26 “And I’d hit everyone on Basin after that”

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31 “The years kept passing…”

32 “…as they…”

33 “… passed me around”

34 “From one state ward…”

35 “…to another”

36 “Like I was an orphan shoe from the lost and found”

37 “Always missing the other”

38 “And they gave me a harp last Christmas”

39 “And all the nurses took a dance”

40 “But lately I’ve been growing listless”

41 “I’ve been dreaming again of the past”

42 “I’ve been wandering down to the banks of the great Big Muddy”

43 “Where the shotgun houses stand”

44 “I am seven years old…”

45 “…and I feel my Dad reach out for my hand”

46 “While I drew breath no one missed me”

47 “So they won’t on the day that I cease”

48 “Put a sprig of crepe jasmine with me”

49 “To remind me of New Orleans”

50 “I was standing on the sidewalk in 1945 in Jacksonville, Illinois

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56 John Doe No. 24 Takes His Secret to the Grave Published: December 05, 1993 The mystery of John Doe No. 24 outlived him. There were few clues when he was found wandering the streets of Jacksonville in 1945, a deaf, blind teen-ager. There were no answers when he died last week.

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