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Thread #58068   Message #916805
Posted By: Stewie
24-Mar-03 - 01:16 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Utah Phillips songs
Subject: Lyr Add: JESSE'S CORRIDO (Utah Phillips)
(Utah Phillips)

On the corners together you'll find us
'Neath the streetlights at midnight we're there
Our spirits like smoke that blows through the night
Restless but going nowhere

Trouble is all we can give you
But trouble is all we have known
Our lives like water that runs through our hands
Leaving us unloved and alone

Our fathers, you say, were just like us;
Our children will all be the same -
Hair like black leather and skin brown as wood,
Speaking some low Spanish name.

Remember the mothers who gave us our lives,
Like grass in the spring of their years?
And left us behind with hearts light as wine,
Their breasts undissolved in our tears.

The things that I do are all very bad things;
I do them and then don't know why.
You hold up your children with blue or brown eyes
And say they're much better than I.

My friends, they too all despise me
I do all the wrong they had planned
And all that I have for the years of my life
Is a cross that I've carved on my hand

You put me in jail behind iron bars,
You'll find me with blood on my hands
And tomorrow I'll stand up in front of the guns
And I'll give you the life you demand

But tonight, as you sit at your table,
With your wife and your child close by,
Remember this corrido my young blood has made.
And now, mi amigos, goodbye