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_____________American Ballads and Folk Songs
The big stars, the blue night,
The moon-enchanted lane,
The olive man who never spoke,
But sang the songs of Spain.
His talk with men was wicked talk,
To hear it was a sin,
But those were golden things he said,
To his mandolin.
The old songs, the old stars,
The world so golden then!
The hand so tender to a child
Had killed so many men.
He died a hard death long ago,
Before the Road came in.
The night before he swung, he sang
To his mandolin.

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