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Born In Puerto Rico Lyrics

Paul Simon – Born In Puerto Rico Lyrics

from album: Songs From The Capeman (1997)
[Verse 1]
I was born in puerto rico
We came here when I was a child
Before I reached the age of sixteen
I was running with the gang and we were wild
He keeps looking but he don't recognize me
Some guy from lexington or park
Red beans and rice from kitchen windows
It's supper-time and the barrio is dark

[Chorus]
No one knows you like I do
Nobody can know your heart the way I do
No one can testify to all that you've been through
But I will

[Verse 2]
I was born in puerto rico
And my blood is taino
Spanish caribbean my soul
We came here wearing summer clothes in winter
Hearts of sunshine in the cold
Your family rented this apartment
You'd watch the street lamps from your perch
In the sacramental hour your stepfather in black
Preached the fire of the pentecostal church

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
I was born in puerto rico
Came here when I was a child
Small change and sunlight, then I left these streets
For good
My days as short as they were wild
I'm carlos apache
Your features blurred in every grainy photo
And fading headline of the daily news
Wiltwyck school for criminal children
Auburn, brooklyn house of d.,
Dannemora, sing-sing, attica
Greenhaven
Twenty years inside, today you're free
You cannot even read your story
The pages piling up in shame
Before the words released you, the guard would
Kill the light
The night you took the capeman for your name

[Outro]
I was born in puerto rico [X8]
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