Bracero

Phil OchsWade into the riverThrough the rippling shallow watterSteal accross the thirsty borderBraceroCome bring your hungry bodiesTo the golden fields of plentyFrom a peso to a pennyBraceroOh, welcome to CaliforniaWhere the friendly farmersWill take care of youCome labor for your motherFor your father and your brotherFor your sisters and your loverBraceroCome pick the fruits of yellowBreak the flowers from the berriesPurple grapes will fill your belliesBraceroOh, Welcome to CaliforniaWhere the friendly farmersWill take care of youAnd the sun will bite your bodyAs the dust will draw you thristyWhile your muscles beg for mercyBraceroIn the shade of your sombreroDrop your sweat upon the soilLike the fruit your youth can spoilBraceroOh, welcome to CaliforniaWhere the friendly farmersWill take care of youWhen the weary night embracesSleep in shacks that could be cagesThey will take it from your wagesBraceroCome sing about tomorrowWith a jingle of the dollarsAnd forget your crooked collarBraceroOh, welcome to CaliforniaWhere the friendly farmersWill take care of youAnd the local men are lazyAnd they make too much of troubleBesides we’d have to pay them doubleBraceroAh, but if you feel you’re fallin’If you find the pace is killingThere are others who are willingBraceroOh, welcome to CaliforniaWhere the friendly farmersWill take care of you

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