“Song of Myself” Verse 51 by Donnie Goodin


[Donnie, computerized voice] … on the front of my chair. Thank you. Would you like to buy some? Everything is one dollar. The candy and gum is behind my chair. Please put the money in the bucket on the front of my chair. Thank you. I sell candy and gum. Would you like to buy some?
Everything is one dollar. The candy and gum is behind my chair. Please put the money in the bucket on the front of my chair. Thank you. The candy and gum is behind my chair. [Man] Thank you! [Donnie] Thank you. ( light piano ) [Donnie, in computerized voice] Verse 51. The past and present wilt—I have fill’d them, emptied them,
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future. [Donnie] Thank you. [Woman] Have a good weekend.
[Donnie] Thank you. ( light piano ) [Donnie] Thank you. [Man] I’ll see ya. [Woman] Now, when I leave, don’t tell me “Roll Tide.” [Donnie] I got to do what I got to do. Roll Tide. Roll Tide. Roll Tide. Roll Tide. Shame on you. [Donnie] Listener up there! What have you to confide to me? Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening, (Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.) ( Donnie laughs ) Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) [Donnie] How are you? [Donnie] Yes. [Donnie] Take care of yourself.
[Man] Thank you. [Woman] Good evenin’. [Woman] Stay dry.
[Donnie] Thank you. ( thunder ) [Donnie] I sell candy and gum.
Would you like to buy some? [Donnie] I concentrate toward them that are nigh,
I wait on the door-slab. [Donnie] Who has done his day’s work?
Who will soonest be through with his supper? [Donnie] Yes. [Donnie] Take care of yourself. [Donnie] No. [Donnie] Who wishes to walk with me?
Will you speak before I am gone? [Donnie] Will you prove already too late? [Donnie] Goodbye. [Donnie] I sell candy and gum.
Would you like to buy some? [Donnie] Everything is one dollar.
The candy and gum is behind my chair. [Donnie] Please put the money in the bucket on the front of my chair. Thank you.

8 thoughts on ““Song of Myself” Verse 51 by Donnie Goodin

  1. Can't watch this without welling up–an inspired extension of Whitman's voice, & of this man's. So grateful for this project.

  2. I think I've watched this one the most. I love it. He's cool as hell and I've known people like him.❤

    I wonder, what is the meaning of the small dot on his forehead?

  3. This is beautiful, and part of a beautiful project! I am just so sad that nobody knocked that paper-hole-punch off Donnie's forehead that's there for the entire video! Too bad. He doesn't look in the mirror often and wouldn't have a way to do this himself if he did. I'm guessing this wasn't part of his planned look, but I could be wrong, though in the 10 years I've known him, I have never seen him wear a dot on his forehead. Now I just need to scout around our neighborhood and find out where Donnie will be hanging out since the Western Supermarket has closed (SNIFF!) and that's the only place I've seen him in all this time. Thanks again for the wonderful storytelling here.

  4. Just saw this incredible exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday. I loved Donnie’s segment most of all. What an endearing soul.

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