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GOODBYE PORK PIE HAT (Charles Mingus / Joni Mitchell) Recorded by : Karrin Allyson; Jeff Beck; Jay Beckenstein; Harry Beckett; Bill Holman Big Band; Carla Bley; Johanne Blouin; Hamiet Bluiett; Anthony Braxton; Pam Bricker; Matthew Brubeck; Tony Campise; Eugene Chadbourne; Stanley Clarke; Jerome Cooper; Dave Corbus; Larry Coryell; Claire Daly; Dead Cat Bounce; Alex DeGrassi; Klaus Doldinger; Dominic Duval; East Of Eden; Taylor Eigsti; Nine Ensemble; Gil Evans; Art Farmer; Carl Filipiak; Paolo Fresu; Frontier Traffic; Richard Greene; GRP All Star Big Band; Jerry Hahn; Alex Harding; Henrys; Bill Holman; D.D. Jackson; Bert Jansch; Jazz Workshop; Bob Jordan; Uwe Kropinski; Steve Lacy; Oliver Lake; Victor Magnani; Marga; Dave Martone; Bill Mays; John McLaughlin; Tony McManus; Charles McPherson; Marcus Miller; Mingus Big Band; Mingus Dynasty; Charles Mingus; Joni Mitchell; Motus Quartett; George Mraz; Mark Murphy; Nashville Mandolin; Tim Newman; One (Jazz); Padovani / Cormann; Horace Parlan; Pentangle; Michel Portal; Tony Reedus; John Renbourn; Maurizio Rolli; Furio Romano; Ian Shaw; Derek Sherinian; Andy Summers; Eva Suobodova; Aki Takase; Tiziano Tononi; Ralph Towner; Uzeb; Carl Verheyen; Shawn Wallace; Bill Warfield; Ernie Watts; Michael Wolff; Denny Zeitlin. When Charlie speaks of Lester You know someone great has gone The sweetest swinging music man Had a Porkie Pig hat on A bright star In a dark age When the bandstands had a thousand ways Of refusing a black man admission Black musician In those days they put him in an Underdog position Cellars and chitlins' When Lester took him a wife Arm and arm went black and white And some saw red And drove them from their hotel bed Love is never easy It's short of the hope we have for happiness Bright and sweet Love is never easy street! Now we are black and white Embracing out in the lunatic New York night It's very unlikely we'll be driven out of town Or be hung in a tree That's unlikely! Tonight these crowds Are happy and loud Children are up dancing in the streets In the sticky middle of the night Summer serenade Of taxi horns and fun arcades Where right or wrong Under neon Every feeling goes on! For you and me The sidewalk is a history book And a circus Dangerous clowns Balancing dreadful and wonderful perceptions They have been handed Day by day Generations on down We came up from the subway On the music midnight makes To Charlie's bass and Lester's saxophone In taxi horns and brakes Now Charlie's down in Mexico With the healers So the sidewalk leads us with music To two little dancers Dancing outside a black bar There's a sign up on the awning It says "Pork Pie Hat Bar" And there's black babies dancing Tonight

    


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