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Lyr Add: Bracero (from Stu Phillips)

Art Thieme 11 Oct 99 - 04:18 PM
GUEST,Curtis Stevenson 03 May 10 - 02:53 AM
Art Thieme 03 May 10 - 10:50 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 04 May 10 - 02:58 AM
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Subject: lyric add: BRACERO--from Leon Payne
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 04:18 PM

Folks, I'm posting this as a fine example of a more recent song (1970s) that is like a traditional American folksong. I would generally, after deliberation, decide to learn a topical song like this one. By "topical song" I mean a song that tells a ballad-like story on an actual narrative topic. Topic Records, in Great Britain, may have taken their name from this conception of things folk. Early People's Songs Bulletins in the U.S. (circa 1950s) said that they were presenting "topical songs". These were quite unlike the pop songs. In those days Pete Seeger usually stated that the pop/tin-pan-alley songs were about mundane topics like "moon, June, croon and spoon". I do hope, if it's important at all, that this might clarify what I feel many folksongs are. Woody may have agreed about this one.

Art Thieme

BRACERO
from the singing of Stu Phillips
by Leon Payne

In old California the border guards warn ya that work permits really come dear,
In old Arizona they say they don't want a big crop of braceros this year,
Down in Laredo they say they're afraid no work at Lubbock or Abilene,
Not mucho dinero for you poor bracero--- they're pickin' it with a machine.

CH)
Bracero, bacero---the cotton is white,
You're not out their picking and it just don't seem right,
Machines have brought starvation close to your door,
Bracero, bracero---don't need you no more.

They tell us in Westigo they think it's it's best to go to Chicago or DesMoines,
They say some meat packers might use some wet-backers who eat chili to buy them sirloin,
They tell us in Brownsville if we stick around that we'll find out they sure can get mean,
Not mucho dinero for you poor bracero---they're pickin' it with a machine.

CH)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bracero (from Stu Phillips)
From: GUEST,Curtis Stevenson
Date: 03 May 10 - 02:53 AM

In old California the border guards warn ya that work permits really come dear,
In old Arizona they say they dont want a big bunch of braceros this year.
Down in Laredo they say they're afraid, no work in Lubbock or Abilene.
Not mucho dinero for you poor bracero, they're pickin it with a machine.
CH.
ETC
When you're not out there pickin', well it just dont seem right,
etc

Verse 2

They tell us in Weslaco that we had better go to Chicago or DesMoines,
They say the meat packers might use some wetbackers whose pesos can buy their sirloin,
They tell us in Brownsville if we hang around we'll find out they sure can get mean.
Not mucho dinero for you poor bracero, they're pickin with a machine.

NOTE: Weslaco is a town in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, west of Brownsville. It continues the progression of the song east along the border from California to Brownsville.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bracero (from Stu Phillips)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 May 10 - 10:50 PM

Another goood song. I used to sing this one.
Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bracero (from Stu Phillips)
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 04 May 10 - 02:58 AM

Of course, Phil Ochs wrote a fine song with the same title - and a variation on the same theme.


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