GOLD IN EL NORTE

"There's gold in El Norte shining like the sun.
"Gold in El Norte. Enough for everyone.
"Maria Elena, my heart, I promise you
"The gold in El Norte will make our dreams come true."

Some houses built of clay and straw and tin.
A few sad cornstalks blowing in the wind.
They stood upon a hillside in the morning sky
And watched the sun rise as he said good-bye.

"There's nothing here for us, mi corazón.
"So I must leave you here and go alone.
"We both have heard the stories your uncles told
"Of the place they call El Norte where the streets are paved with gold.

"There's gold in El Norte shining like the sun.
"Gold in El Norte. Enough for everyone.
"Maria Elena, my heart, I promise you
"The gold in El Norte will make our dreams come true."

On August 9th they crossed the Rio Grande.
He and 13 others, just as planned.
They trusted the coyote to guide them through the night.
He hid them in a boxcar safely out of sight.

He said, "Be quiet like a mouse until the sun.
"Tomorrow in the morning trucks will come."
So they waited in the darkness and whispered just in case,
And never heard the lock click, the bolt slide into place.

Chorus

A railroad spur miles from the nearest town.
A summer wind blows, drowning out the sound
Of 14 voices crying out for help that never comes,
'Til the boxcar stands silent in the searing Texas sun.

Chorus

Copyright 2004 Augie Music/NADJA Music Music: Reinaldo García
(September 8, 2003)
Lyrics: T. Hanson/D. MacKechnie

GOLD IN EL NORTE

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