I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.
I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died.
But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!
I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.
I stood there once and I hollered!
I stood there twice and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.
But it was High up there! It was high!
So since I’m still here livin’,
I guess I will live on.
I could’ve died for love—
But for livin’ I was born
SO you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry—
I’ll be damned , sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.
Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
Based on a poem written by Langston Hughes in 1949
Modified by Michael Weston King
Original music by Michael Weston King