rosalita or real cool?

I think Bruce Springsteen was a little influenced by the poet Gwendolyn Brooks when he wrote his song “Rosalita.”

Here is one of Ms. Brooks’ poems (from poets.org):

THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

And here’s a line from Springsteen’s “Rosalita”:

We’re gonna play some pool,
skip some school
Act real cool,
stay out all night,
it’s gonna feel alright

If Bruce lifted a few words from Ms. Brooks, that’s fine by me. At least he chose a great poet to copy.

“If you wanted a poem, you only had to look out of a window. There was material always, walking or running, fighting or screaming or singing.” ~Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

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