My Man's Gone Now

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"My Man's Gone Now" is an aria composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by DuBose Heyward, written for the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).

Sung in the original production by Ruby Elzy, it has been covered by many female singers, notably Ella Fitzgerald, Leontyne Price, Audra McDonald (who would eventually sing the part of Bess), Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Shirley Horn, among others. In the opera, the aria is sung by Serena, the grieving widow, at her husband Robbins's wake. He has been murdered by Crown, the local pimp, during a crap game played in the courtyard of Catfish Row.