Ballad of the Landlord

Landlord, landlord, My roof has sprung a leak. Don’t you ‘member I told you about it Way last week?Landlord, landlord, These steps is broken down. When you come up yourself It’s a wonder you don’t fall down.

Ten Bucks you say I owe you? Ten Bucks you say is due? Well, that’s Ten Bucks more’n I’ll pay you Till you fix this house up new.

What? You gonna get eviction orders? You gonna cut off my heat? You gonna take my furniture and Throw it in the street?

Um-huh! You talking high and mighty. Talk on – till I get through. You ain’t gonna be able to say a word If I land my fist on you.

Police!, Police! Come and get this man! He’s trying to ruin the government And overturn the land!

Copper’s whistle! Patrol bell! Arrest.

Precinct Station. Iron cell Headlines in the press:

MAN THREATENS LANDLORD

TENANT HELD NO BAIL

JUDGE GIVE NEGRO 90 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL

Langston Hughes

Holidays are over Christmas bills are due, Lord knows I spent to much money, Don’t know what I’m gonna do! Good Monday Morning Family, Have a great week! Peace, Tenthltr2u

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