WOMAN
Come on, sister, come on, brudder,
Fill up the saucer till it overflow,

GROUP
Overflow, overflow.
Fill up de saucer till it overflow.
JAKE
Yes, my Jesus, overflow.

FIRST WOMAN
'Cause de Lawd will meet you,
Yes, de Lawd will meet you at the court-house do'-

ALL
Court-house do', court-house do',
De Lawd will meet you at the court-house do'.

JAKE
Yes, my Jesus, court-house do'.

PETER
How de saucer stand now, my sister?

CHORUS
Oh, he's gone, gone, gone, etc.
SERENA
Fourteen dollars an' fifty cent.
MARIA
Dat's a-comin' on, sister, you can bury him soon.
SERENA
What am I goin' to do if I ain' got the money?
 
 

PORGY
Gawd got plenty of money for de saucer.

SERENA
Bless de Lord!

PORGY
An' he goin' to soffen dese people heart for
to fill de saucer till he spill all over.

ALL
Amen, my Jesus!

PORGY
De Lawd will provide a grave for his chillen,

CLARA
Bless the Lord!

PORGY
An' he got comfort for de widder.

ALL
Oh, my Jesus!

PORGY
An' he goin' feed his fadderless chillen.

ALL
Yes Lawd, Truth Lawd!

PORGY
An' he goin' raise dis poor sinner up out of de grave.

JAKE
Allelujah!

PORGY
An' set him in de shinin' seat ob de righteous.

SERENA
Amen, my Jesus!

ALL
Overflow, overflow,
Oh fill up de saucer till it overflow,
Everybody helpin' now - sendin' our brudder to heaven,
Lawd, Oh Lawd, send down your angels!
Robbins is rising to heaven!

PORGY
Oh, sufferin' Jesus! You knows right from wrong.
You knows Robbins was a good man, an' now he's weary
an' he's goin' home. Reach down yo' lovin' han' an' take our
brudder to yo' bosom. Thank you, Lawd, Bless you Lawd.
Lawd will fill de saucer, over, overflow, Oh!

ALL
Overflow, overflow, Oh Lawd will fill de saucer,
Ev'rybody helpin' now etc.
Robbins is risin' to heaven! etc. -till it
overflow, Oh!
 
 

(Detective enters with policeman)

DETECTIVE
Um! A saucer-burial setup, I see. You're his widow?

SERENA
Yes, suh.

DETECTIVE
He did not leave any burial insurance?

SERENA
No, boss, he didn't leave nuttin'.

DETECTIVE
Well, see to it he's buried tomorrow.

(To Peter)
You killed Robbins an' I'm going to hang you for it!

LILY
He ain't don um!

PETER
What he say?

LILY
He say you kill Robbins.

DETECTIVE
Come along now!

PETER
'Fore Gawd, boss, I ain't never done um!

DETECTIVE
Who did it, then? You heard me, who did it?

PETER
Crown done it, boss. I done see him do it.

DETECTIVE
You're sure you saw him?

PETER
I swear to Gawd, boss, I was right there beside him.

DETECTIVE
(Laughs)
That's easy. I thought as much.
(To Porgy)
You. You saw it too. I don't want to have to put the law
on you. Look at me, you damn dummy!

PORGY
I don't know nuttin' 'bout it, boss.

DETECTIVE
That's your room in the corner, ain't it?

PORGY
Yes, boss, dat's my room.

DETECTIVE
The door opens on the court, don't it?

PORGY
Yes, boss, my door opens on the court.

DETECTIVE
An' yet you didn't see or hear anything?

PORGY
I don't know nuttin' 'bout it, boss. I been asleep
inside, and my door been closed.

DETECTIVE
You're a damn liar.
(Indicating Peter)
He saw the killing; take him along and lock him up
as a material witness.

POLICEMAN
Come along, uncle.

PETER
I ain't done it, boss.

MARIA
How long you goin' lock him up for?

POLICEMAN
Till we catch Crown.

PORGY
I reckon Crown done loose now in de palmetto thickets, an'
dere ain' no rope long enough to hang him.

DETECTIVE
Then the old man's out of luck. Remember, you've got to
bury that body tomorrow or the board of health will take
him an' turn him over to the medical students. Come on, get
the old man in the wagon.

PETER
I ain't never done nuttin', boss.
(They drag him off)
I swear to Gawd I ain' never done nuttin'.
(The sound of the wagon's bell fades away in the distance)

PORGY
I can't puzzle this thing out. Peter was a good man, but dat
lousy Crown was a killer and forever gettin' into trouble.

JAKE
That's the truth, brother.

PORGY
And there go Peter to be lock up like a thief.

JAKE
Like a thief.

PORGY
An' here be Robbins with his wife and his fadderless chillen,
an' Crown done gone his ways drinkin', gamblin', swearin',
to do the same thing over and over somewheres else.

ALL
Gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.