His Name Was Coalhouse Walker

Audra McDonald

His Name Was Coalhouse Walker By Audra McDonald

His name was Coalhouse Walker

Was a native of St. Louis some years before

When he heard the music of old Scott Joplin

In St. Louis

Bought himself some piano lessons
Working as a stevedore

Here was a music
That truly inspired him

Dancers required him

Club owners hired him

The strivers of Harlem
Respected and admired him

For turning Harlem into art

But Coalhouse had a broken heart…

The Good Lord looked down, saw me lonely and loveless
And thought to Himself: “Enough is enough. I’m putting
Sarah in Coalhouse’s life.”

And he did

This wasn’t a woman. This was an angel, a gift of God
Coalhouse loved this woman, but not wisely and not
Too well. She left me without a word or trace. There was
No pity for me

None whatsoever, Coalhouse

Now she is haunting me
Just like a melody-
The only song I seem to know
Sarah, my life has changed
Sarah, I miss you so
Sarah, I did you wrong
Sarah, where did you go?
And then this morning, the miracle happened. I found
Out where she is and I’m going to do my damnedest to
See she takes me back. Ladies and gentlemen, the
Gettin’ Ready Rag!



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