2 Winter Moon How thin and sharp is the moon tonight! How thin and sharp and ghostly whiteIs the slim curved crook of the moon tonight!
3 The Kids in School with Me When I studied my A-B-C'sAnd the Grecian kidAnd learned arithmetic,And the girl with the Chinese eyes--I also learned in public schoolWe were a regular Noah's ark,What makes America tick:Every race beneath the sun,The kid in frontBut our motto for graduation was:And the kid behindOne for All and All for One!And the kid across the aisle,The Italian kidAnd the Polish kidAnd the kid across from me--And the girl with the Irish smile,Just American kids togetherThe colored kidThe kids in school with me.And the Spanish kidAnd the Russian kid my size,The Jewish kid
4 April Rain Song Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.Let the rain sing you a lullaby.The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.The rain makes running pools in the gutter.The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-And I love the rain.
5 Mother to SonWell, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
6 DreamsHold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
7 I, Too I, too, sing America. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, Say to me,I am the darker brother.“Eat in the kitchen,"They send me to eat in the kitchenThen.When company comes,But I laugh,Besides,And eat well,They’ll see how beautiful I amAnd grow strong.And be ashamed—Tomorrow,I, too, am America.I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.
8 In Time Of Silver RainIn time of silver rain The earth Puts forth new life again Green grasses grow And flowers lift their heads And over all the plain The wonder spreadsIn time of silver rain The butterflies Lift silken wings To catch a rainbow And trees put forth New leaves to sing In joy beneath the sky As down the roadway Passing, boys and girls go singing too, In time of silver rain Of life,Of life!When springAnd life.Are new.
9 I Dream a WorldI dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind- Of such I dream, my world!
10 The Blues When the shoe strings break On both your shoes And you're in a hurry--That's the blues.When you go to buy a candy barAnd you've lost the dime you had--Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere--That's the blues, too, and bad!
11 Poor Rover Rover was in clover With a bone On the front lawn-- But Rover's fun was overWhen his boneWas gone.Poor Rover
12 Hope for HarlemThere’s a new skyline in Harlem, It’s tall and proud and fine. At night its walls are gleaming Where a thousand windows shine. There’s a new skyline in Harlem That belongs to you and me As the dark old ugly houses Tumble into memory- Memories of those dingy stairs, Memory of my helpless prayers, Memories of the landlord’s stares When you asked him for a few repairs Now there’s a new skyline in Harlem It’s rising tall and free-
13 Helen KellerShe, In the dark, Found light Brighter than many ever see. She, Within herself, Found loveliness, Through the soul's own mastery. And now the world receives From her dower: The message of the strength Of inner power.