Walt Whitman's Niece

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Billy Bragg

Stephen William Bragg (born 20 December 1957) — known as Billy Bragg — is an English alternative rock musician and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. His music career has lasted … more »

Last night or the night before that
I won't say which night
A seaman friend of mine
I'll not say which seaman
 Walked up to a big old building 
I won't say which building
And would have not walked up the stairs 
Not to say which stairs
If there had not been two girls  Leaving out the names of those two girls 

I recall a door, a big long room
I'll not tell which room
I remember a deep blue rug
But I can't say which rug
A girl took down a book of poems 
Not to say which book of poems 
And as she read, I lay my head
And I can't tell which head
Down in her lap, and I can mention which lap

My seaman buddy and girl moved off
 After a couple of pages and there I was
All night long, laying and listening 
And forgetting the poems 
And as well as I could recall
Or my seaman buddy could recollect
My girl had told us that she was a niece 
Of Walt Whitman, but now which niece
And it takes a night and a girl
And a book of this kind
A long long time to find its way back


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