STRAWBERRY WOMAN
Oh dey's so fresh an' fine
An' dey's jus' off de vine
Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries,
Oh, dey's so fresh an' fine
An' dey's just off de vine,
Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries,

PETER
Here come de honey man,
Yes mam, this de honey man.

WOMAN
Oh, honey man, honey man!

PETER
(Not hearing her, keeps walking)
You got honey in the comb.
Yes mam, I got honey in the comb.

WOMAN
Hey there! I wants some honey!
 
 
 

PETER
An' is yo' honey cheap?

ANNIE
Peter, honey man!

PETER
Yes mam, my honey very cheap,
here come de honey man.

ANNIE
Gawd amighty, I's jus' wasting my breath on you,
'Cause you ain' never goin' to hear no how.
 
 

CRAB MAN
I'm talkin' about devil crabs
1'm talkin' about devil crabs
I'm talkin' about de food I sells

She crab, she crab.

PORGY
On yo' way, brother.
 

CRAB MAN
Devil crab!

MARIA
Hey, crab man!

CRAB MAN
I'm talkin' about de food I sells
When I done talkin' about de food I sells
Talkin' about devil crab.
(Maria picks crab, counts out money, pays Crab mon,
who then leaves.)
Now I's talkin' about yo' pocketbook
I'm talkin' about devil crabs, she crab, she crab,
Devil crab, I'm talkin' about de food I sells.
(Bell chimes five times. - Looks at Porgy)

PORGY
Now de time, oh Gawd, now de time.

BESS
(Within the shanty)
Porgy, Porgy, dat you there, ain' it?

PORGY
Thank Gawd, thank Gawd!
 

(Bess appears in the doorway)

BESS
I lonesome here all by myself, it's hot in there, let me sit
here with you in the cool.

PORGY
Oh, Bess! Bess!

BESS
I been sick, ain't I?

PORGY
You been very sick. But now I got you back, Bess.

BESS
How long I been sick?

PORGY
Over a week now. You come back from Kittiwah with eye
like fireball, an' Maria get you into bed, an' you ain' know me.

(She sobs)

What de matter, Bess?

PORGY
I guess I ain' know nuttin' wid de fever, or I ain' come back
at all.

PORGY
Dat's all right Honey, don't you worry, Honey, I know you
been with Crown.

BESS
How you know?

PORGY
Gawd give cripple to understan' many things he ain' give
strong men.

BESS
You ain' want me to go 'way?

PORGY
No, no, I ain' want you to go. How things stan' between
you an' Crown?

BESS
He's comin' for me when de cotton come to town.

PORGY
You goin'?

BESS
I tell 'im, yes.
Porgy, Gawd, man!
Why yo' muscle pull up like that?
It make me afraid.

PORGY
You ain' got nuttin' to be afraid of;
I ain' try to keep no woman what don't want to stay.
If you wants to go to Crown, Dat's for you to say.
 

BESS
I wants to stay here,
But I ain't worthy.
You is too decent to understan'.
For when I see him he hypnotize me.
When he take hold of me with his hot hand.
Someday I know he's coming back to call me.
He's goin' to handle me an' hold me so.
It's goin' to be like dyin', Porgy, deep inside me -
But when he calls, I know I have to go.

PORGY
If dere warn't no Crown, Bess, if dere was only jus' you an'
Porgy, what den?