(Catfish Row crowd comes out attired in their
lodge regalia, singing and dancing, ready for the picnic.)
 

ALL
Oh, I can't sit down.
Got to keep agoin' like de flowin' of a song.
Oh, I can't sit down
Guess I'll take my honey an' her sunny smile along.
Today I is gay an' I's free
Jes' abubblin', nothin'troublin' me.
Oh, I's gwine to town
I can't sit down.

Happy feelin', in my bones astealin'
No concealin' dat it's picnic day.
Sho's is dandy, got de licker handy.
Me an' Mandy, we is on de way
'Cause dis is picnic day.
Oh I can't sit down
Got to keep ajumpin' to de thumpin' of de drum!
Oh, I can't sit down.
Full of locomotion like an ocean full of rum!
Today I is gay an' I's free.
Jes' abubblin', nothin' troublin' me!
Oh, I's gwine to town
I can't, jes' can't, sit down!
(Crowd leaves. Maria goes to Bess)

MARIA
What's de matter wid you, sister? Ain't you know you goin'
be late for de picnic?

BESS
I stayin' with porgy.

MARIA
Sho' you goin'. Ev'rybody goin'. You got to help me wid my
basket. Come now, where's yo' hat?
(Gets her hat from Porgy's room)
What's dis talk about stayin' home when ev'rybody goin' to
de picnic?

BESS
Porgy, I hates to go an' leave you all alone.

PORGY
Bess, my honey, I so glad to have you go, I been wantin'
you to be so happy here in Catfish Row.
BESS
Yes, Porgy, I know.
PORGY
Go, chile, go.
MARIA
Come on, chile! Get into dese clo'es. You stay roun' here
an' you'll die of de lonesome blues.
Come on now, hurry up. We'll be late for dat boat.
BESS
Goodbye, Porgy.
PORGY
Goodbye, honey.
(Maria and Bess leave)
BESS
Goodbye, Porgy goodbye.
 
 

PORGY
Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin',
An' nuttin's plenty fo' me,
I got my gal, got my Lawd, got Hebben de whole day long.
Got my gal, got my Lawd, got my song!

Opona