On The Road

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by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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I 's boun' to see my gal to-night --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
De moon ain't out, de stars ain't bright --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
Dis hoss o' mine is pow'ful slow,
But when I does git to yo' do'
Yo' kiss 'll pay me back, an' mo',
Dough lone de way, my dearie.

De night is skeery-lak an' still --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
'Cept fu' dat mou'nful whippo'will --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!

De way so long wif dis slow pace,
'Tu'd seem to me lak savin' grace
Ef you was on a nearer place,
Fu' lone de way, my dearie.

I hyeah de hootin' of de owl --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
I wish dat watch-dog would n't howl --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
An' evaht'ing, bofe right an' lef,
Seem p'int'ly lak hit put itse'f
In shape to skeer me half to def --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!

I whistles so 's I won't be feared --
Oh, lone de way, my dearie!
But anyhow I 's kin o' skeered,
Fu' lone de way, my dearie.
De sky been lookin' mightly glum,
But you kin mek hit lighten some,
Ef you'll jes' say you 's glad I come,
Dough lone de way, my dearie.

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