PORGY
I ain' axin' yo' opinion.
Oh, Bess, oh where's my Bess,
Won't somebody tell me where?
I ain' care what she say,
I ain' care what she done,
won't somebody tell me where's my Bess?
Bess, Oh, Lawd,

My Bess! I want her now,
Widout her I can't go on.
I counted de days dat I was gone
Till I got home to see her face.
Won't somebody tell me where's my Bess?
I want her so, my gal, my Bess,
where is she?
Oh Gawd, in yo' big Heav'n
please show me where I mus' go,
oh give me de strength, show me de way!
Tell me de truth, where is she, where is my gal,
where is my Bess!

MARIA
Dat dirty dog Sportin' Life make believe
dat you lock up for ever.
He tol' her dat you would be gone
for de rest of yo' days.
Yo' woman been very low in her mind
she believe ev'rything Sportin' Life say to her,
dat's how it was.
She been very low, yo' woman misunderstand,
she t'ink you never come back to her;
Sportin' Life fool her, fool yo' Bess.
She is gone.
Man, don't you let it break yo' heart 'bout dat gal.
We told you all along dat dat woman ain' worthy of you.
She was no good, Porgy,
or she'd never go 'way.
Try forget 'bout Bess.

SERENA
She gone, but you very lucky;
she gone back to de happy dus'.
She done throw Jesus out of her heart.
Bess dat kin' of gal,
I told you dat all along.
Porgy, you is better off
widout dat woman hangin' 'roun' an' makin' trouble.
She give herself away to de debbil.
Porgy, you is better off
widout dat woman hangin' 'roun';
there's plenty better gals than Bess.
Bess is gone, She worse than dead, Porgy,
she gone back to de happy dus',
she gone back to de red eye wid him
an' she's headin' fo' Hell.
Thank God she's out of yo' way.
Try forget 'bout Bess.
 
 

LILY
Bess is gone. An' Serena take dis chile
to give 'im a Christian raisin'.

PORGY
You ain' mean Bess dead?

SERENA
She worse than dead, Porgy,
She gave herself to de debbil,
but she still livin', an' she gone far away.

PORGY
Alive, Bess is alive!
Where Bess gone?

MINGO
Noo York.

PORGY
I hear you say Noo York. Where dat?

MINGO
A thousand mile from here.

PORGY
Which way Noo York?

MARIA
It's way up North pas' de custom house.

PORGY
Bring my goat!

MARIA
What you wants wid goat, Porgy?
You bes' not go any place.

PORGY
Bring my goat!

SERENA
You better stay wid yo' frien', Porgy,
You'll be happy here.
PORGY
Won't nobody bring my goat?
 
 

MARIA
Ain't we tell you, you can't find her, Porgy?

SERENA
For Gawd sake, Porgy, where you goin'?

ALL
Where yau goin' Porgy? ;

PORGY
Ain't you say Bess gone to Noo York?
Dat's where I goin',
I got to be wid Bess.
Gawd help me to fin' her.

(Mingo leads goat and cart over. Porgy holds up arms and is helped into cart)
I'm on my way.
(Cart is led off)
Oh Lawd, I'm on my way.

PORGY AND ALL
I'm on my way to a Heav'nly Lan',
I'll ride dat long, long road.
If You are there to guide my han'.
Oh Lawd, I'm on my way.
I'm on my way to a Heav'nly Lan'-
Oh Lawd. It's a long, long way, but
You'll be there to take my han'.

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