Who Sang Buzzard Song? Ray Charles & Cleo Laine

Cleo Laine Porgy & Bess cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989
length: 3:25
Boss, dat bird mean trouble.
Once de buzzard fold his wing an' light over yo' house,
All yo' happiness done dead.
Buzzard keep on flyin' over, take along yo' shadow.

Ain' nobody dead dis mornin'
Livin's jus' begun.
Two is strong where one is feeble;
Man an' woman livin', workin',

Sharin' grief an' sharin' laughter,
An' love like Augus' sun.
Trouble, is dat you over yonder
Lookin' lean an' hungry?

Don' you let dat buzzard keep you
Hangin' round my do'.
Ain' you heard de news this mornin'?
Step out, brudder, hit de gravel;

Porgy who you used to feed on,
Don' live here no mo'
Ha, ha, ha, ha! Buzzard, on yo' way!
Ole age, what is you anyhow,

Nuttin' but bein' lonely.
Pack yo' things an' fly from here,
Carry grief an' pain.
Dere's two folks livin' in dis shelter

Eatin', sleepin', singin', prayin'.
Ain' no such thing as loneliness.
An' Porgy's young again.

Buzzard, keep on flyin',
Porgy's young again.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Summer Time
  • 2 My Man's Gone Now
  • 3 A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
  • 4 They Pass by Singin'
  • 5 What You Want Wid Bess?
  • 6 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
  • 7 Buzzard Song
  • 8 Bess, You Is My Woman
  • 9 Oh, Doctor Jesus
  • 10 Crab Man
  • 11 Here Come De Honey Man
  • 12 Strawberry Woman (instrumental)
  • 13 Strawberry Woman
  • 14 It Ain't Necessarily So
  • 15 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
  • 16 I Loves You, Porgy
  • 17 Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess (instrumental)
  • 18 Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
  • 19 Oh Lord, I'm on My Way