Guy Clark and Noel McKay, 2012
As recorded by Guy Clark on "My Favorite Picture of You"
In the town of Reynosa, there's a beautiful river
That shines in the Mexican sun,
There are boats and they cross from one side to the other,
At dusk when the hot day is done.
From there to Acuña to Del Rio, Texas,
Uvalde up through San Antone.
With the pesos I've saved up for years then I'll trade
For the chance to send dollars back home.
Coyote, coyote qué hiciste, cabrón?
Coyote, man what have you done?
You took all our money and left us to die
In the heat of the south Texas sun.
Coyote, qué hiciste, cabrón?
He steps out of the shadows, he won't look in my eyes;
His hand's out to take all I've got.
He says that he's smuggled a thousand good men
And he says that he's never been caught.
So with seventeen other braceros , like cattle
Packed in for that long, final ride.
In the semi-truck crossing the border it's dark,
And it's hot as an oven inside.
The braceros are asking in whispers,
Why the truck stopped in the heat of the day?
*At first sign of trouble, he's left us all there
By the road and he's walking away."
Copyright EMI. Can be heard on youtube.
*Eighteen locked in a truck; they all died.
Bracero- manual laborer. Illegal who crosses the border into the U. S.
cabrón- pig, pimp, bastard, etc.
qué hiciste - What did you do? What have you done?
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