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Bracero


Bracero
By Phil Ochs

Wade into the river, through the rippling shallow watter
Steal across the thirsty border, bracero
Come bring your hungry bodies to the golden fields of plenty
From a peso to a penny, bracero

Oh, Welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you
Come labor for your mother, your father and your brother
For your sister and your lover, bracero

Come pick the fruit of yellow, break the flower from the berry
Purple grapes will fill your belly, bracero

Oh, Welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you
And the sun will bite your body, as the dust will draw you thristy
While your muscles beg for mercy, bracero

In the shade of your sombrero, drop your sweat upon the soil
Like the fruit your youth can spoil, bracero

Oh, Welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you
When the weary night embraces, sleep in shacks that could be cages
They will take it from your wages, bracero

Come sing about tomorrow with a jingle of the dollar
And forget your crooked collar, bracero

Oh, Welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you
And the local men are lazy, and they make too much of trouble
Besides we’d have to pay the double, bracero

But if you feel you’re fallin’, if you find the pace is killing
There are others who are willing, bracero

Oh, Welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

 

Notes:

Chords supplied by Jim Lesses and corrected (twice) by James Barnett

Last modified 17 Jan 99 by trent

 

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